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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Lotus Gate*

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

Image-- The Jewel in Venn's Lotus (Zen in Cuernavaca)
The Jewel
in Venn's Lotus

See also a prequel to
  Ramanujan's Flowering Tree

Flowering Judas.

* “Every city has its gates, which need not be of stone. Nor need soldiers be upon them or watchers before them. At first, when cities were jewels in a dark and mysterious world, they tended to be round and they had protective walls. To enter, one had to pass through gates, the reward for which was shelter from the overwhelming forests and seas, the merciless and taxing expanse of greens, whites, and blues–wild and free–that stopped at the city walls.

In time the ramparts became higher and the gates more massive, until they simply disappeared and were replaced by barriers, subtler than stone, that girded every city like a crown and held in its spirit.”

Mark Helprin, Winter’s Tale

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