Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Blazing World

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:15 AM


“…in 1959… I stepped out alone, walked into the streets
of Lone Pine, Calif., and saw the world— the mountains,
the sky, the low scattered buildings— suddenly flame into life.

There were no visions, no prophetic voices or visits by
totemic animals, just this blazing everywhere.”

— Barbara Ehrenreich in today’s NY Times Sunday Review ,
A Rationalist’s Mystical Moment

A less credible account —

IMAGE- 'The Blazing World' meets 'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen'

Friday, May 2, 2014

From Rune

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:59 PM

” ‘Harriet Burden has been really great to me,’
Rune says in an interview, ‘not only as a collector
of my work but as a true supporter. And I think of her
as a muse for the project … ‘ “

— In The Blazing World , the artist known as Rune
(See also Rune + Muse in this journal.)

Lily Collins in a Log24 post of Jan. 15, 2014— “Entertainment Theory

Related material from Trish Mayo—

The tulips are from today,
the gate is from April 27.

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Story of Noam

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:00 PM

On The Blazing World , a new novel —

“Hustvedt uses fragment-stories, frame narratives, and unreliable
narrators to talk about the ways in which brilliant women across
history have been silenced, forgotten, and appropriated by men.
This is a narrative suspicious of narratives, a story that
demonstrates how damaging stories can be.”

— Review by Amal El-Mohtar

The protagonist of Hustvedt’s novel is named Harriet Burden.

A midrash for Darren Aronofsky, director of The Fountain*  and Noah

Part I: The Burden of Proof —

Part II: The Story of Noam

* See The Fountain  in “The Story Theory of Truth,” Columbus Day, 2013

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Josefine’s Sunday School

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:30 AM

Two timely images for Oslo artist Josefine Lyche —

Backstory:  Searches for “Blazing World” and for “Josefine + Lyche + Pink
in this journal.

The image above is by a man, Brian Stauffer. Related material:

An image from today’s NY Times Sunday Book Review —

This  image is by a non-man, Kelsey Dake.

The first image above, since it combines Lyche’s enthusiasm for the color
pink and (apparently) for fishnet stockings, seems to me the better picture,
despite its prurient nature.

(Updated through 10 AM ET)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Chinese Rune

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 12:00 PM

"The Geometry of the I Ching introduces something called the Cullinane sequence
for the hexagrams, and uses a notation based on the four sides and two diagonals
in a square to indicate the yin and yang lines. The resulting rune-like symbols
are intriguing…."

— Andreas Schöter's  I Ching  home page

Actually, the geometry is a bit deeper than the rune-like symbols.

" 'Harriet Burden has been really great to me,'
Rune says in an interview, 'not only as a collector
of my work but as a true supporter. And I think of her
as a muse for the project … ' "

— In The Blazing World , the artist known as Rune

Blazing Thule

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:20 AM

The title is suggested by a new novel (see cover below),
and by an unwritten book by Nabokov —

Siri Hustvedt, 'The Blazing World'.

Related material:

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:48 PM


The front page of The New York Times Book Review 
for next Sunday (March 30, 2014) is devoted to a
review of Siri Hustvedt’s new novel  The Blazing World .
See two posts from St. Patrick’s day:  Her and Narratives.

The review’s author is Fernanda Eberstadt.

The review is titled “Outsider Art.”
See also that phrase in this journal.

Monday, March 17, 2014


Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 AM

IMAGE- Siri, the Apple personal assistant, as defined at Wikipedia

The name Siri is Norwegian, meaning
‘beautiful woman who leads you to victory.'”

I prefer Josefine.

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