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Thursday, December 19, 2002

Thursday December 19, 2002

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 5:30 PM

Winter’s Tale

The title is that of a novel by Mark Helprin.

On this date in 1903, the Williamsburg Bridge between Brooklyn and Manhattan was opened to traffic.

From the opening of Helprin’s 1983 novel:

“The horse…. trotted alone over the carriage road of the Williamsburg Bridge, before the light, while the toll keeper was sleeping by his stove and many stars were still blazing above the city.”

A memorable
 rhyme
:

Seven is
  heaven,
Eight is
  a gate. 

A 1985 illustration

See also Plato, Pegasus, and the Evening Star.

“The Forms are abstract but real.”

Rebecca Goldstein on Plato

1 Comment

  1. “If man is five
    if man is five
    if man is five
    if man is five
    Then the devil is six
    then the devil is six
    then the devil is six
    then the devil is six
    And if the the devil is six
    Then God is seven
    then God is seven
    then God is seven
    This monkey’s gone to heaven”

    –pixies ‘Monkey Gone To Heaven’

    Comment by HomerTheBrave — Thursday, December 19, 2002 @ 6:59 PM

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