Friday, July 11, 2008

Friday July 11, 2008

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:11 PM
De Haut en Bas
continued from July 3

"I say high, you say low,
you say why,
and I say I don't know.
Oh, no.
You say goodbye
and I say hello."

Hello Goodbye *

Thanks to NBC Nightly News tonight for a story on the following:

is an evening when "the Sun sets in exact alignment with the Manhattan grid, fully illuminating every single cross-street…."

Full Sun on grid:
Friday, July 11–
8:24 PM EDT

Related material from the late
Tom Disch on St. Sarah's Day:

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

9:15 pm

What I Can See from Here

I face east toward the western wall
Of a tall many-windowed building
Some distance off. I don't see the sunset
Directly, only as it is reflected
From the facade of that building.
Those familiar with Manhattan know
How the evening sun appears to slide
Into the slot of any east/west street,
And so its beams are channeled
Along those canyon streets to strike
Large objects like that wall
And scrawl their anti-shadows there,
A Tau of twilight luminescence
At close of day. I've seen this
For some forty years and only tonight
Did I realize what I had been looking at:
The way god tries to say good-bye.

Tom Disch

* Walter Everett, in The Beatles as Musicians , has a note on the song "Hello Goodbye"–

"189. The extra-long coda… was referred to as the 'Maori finale' from the start…."

  (Updated Feb. 27, 2013, to replace an incorrect reference in the footnote
   to a book by Stanley Cavell instead of the correct book, by Walter Everett.)

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