"I guess I found my future through Billy Name’s eye.
I saw his pictures of the Warhol Factory when I was
in college and thought, 'Oh that’s the place to get to.
Everyone is so beautiful and it looks brilliant and
complicated – art, music, film, but most of all a kind
of wild life.' It looked like the future as I imagined it."
— The late Glenn O'Brien in The Guardian
on November 8, 2014. O'Brien reportedly
died at 70 yesterday, Friday (April 7) morning,
"… through Billy Name's eye …."
Then there is Kurt Seligmann's eye …
The above-mentioned Billy Name appeared in this journal
in July 2016 in the post "Coterie (for Philip Rieff)." Also
featured in that post was artist Kurt Seligmann.
A Google Search sidebar on Seligmann today:
Synchronology check of this journal on the above Guardian date:
See also an 11:59 PM ET post on Thursday, April 6, titled
"Where Entertainment Is God (continues)."
Some related entertainment:
I do not recommend any of the above entertainments,
but they do supply some background for the article
"Fantasy and the Buffered Self" (which is recommended.)
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“There exists a considerable literature
devoted to the Lo shu , much of it infected
with the kind of crypto-mystic twaddle
met with in Feng Shui.”
— Lee C. F. Sallows, Geometric Magic Squares ,
Dover Publications, 2013, page 121
Cf. Raiders of the Lost Theorem, Oct. 13, 2014.
See also tonight’s previous post and
“Feng Shui” in this journal.
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11:59 PM: The Last Minute
For the benefit of Grace (Paley, Enormous Changes at the Last Minute), here are the September 15 lottery numbers for Pennsylvania, the State of Grace (Kelly):
Midday: 053 Evening: 373.
For the significance of the evening number, 373, see Directions Out and Outside the World (both of 4/26/04). In both of these entries, and others to which they are linked, the number 373 signifies eternity.
The two most obvious interpretations of the midday number, 53, are as follows:
As a famous number of tones in musical
harmonic analysis (i.e., tuning theory
), as opposed to mathematical
harmonic analysis ( The Square Wheel
, 9/14/04), and
as a reference to the year 1953– a good year for Grace Kelly and the year of the classic film From Here to Eternity
(the latter being signified, as noted above, by yesterday’s evening lottery number in the State of Grace).
“Time and chance
happeneth to them all.”
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Palm Sunday, Part II:
From the notes to the CD of Songs From the Mountain (John Herrmann, Dirk Powell, Tim O’Brien):
“John [Herrmann, banjo player] would like to dedicate his work on this recording to Philip Kapleau Roshi, Kalu Rimpoche, and Harada Tangen Roshi, who all know the way to Cold Mountain….”
See Buddha’s Birthday (April 8) and The Diamond Project.
“What are you thinking of? What thinking? What?
I never know what you are thinking. Think.”
— Tom Eliot, The Waste Land
“I am thinking…
… of the midnight picnic
Once upon a time….”
— Suzanne Vega, “Tom’s Diner“
“De donde crece la palma” — Song lyric
From On Beauty, by Elaine Scarry, Princeton University Press, 1999, a quotation from Homer —
“in Delos, beside Apollo’s altar —
the young slip of a palm-tree
springing into the light.”
See also A Mass for Lucero and The Shining of Lucero.
“How much story do you want?”
— George Balanchine
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