Friday, January 29, 2016


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On a stage character named Pascal —

"… the mathematics professor implores Minnie to take
full advantage of her own intelligence and talents,
usually capped off with a non sequitur gift of some kind…."

— Sean T. Collins, " 'I’m better than you, you son of a bitch':
     a review of The Diary of a Teenage Girl: The Play ,
     Comic Book Resources , March 30, 2010

See also, in this  journal, Minnie and The Gift .

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Meadow

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From Nabokov's The Gift


Click for more about the Pushkin verse.

See also Trevanian + meadow and Congregated Light.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Sunday January 25, 2009

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The Maker’s Gift

The Maker's Gift -- Sayers, 'The Mind of the Maker,' and Nabokov, 'The Gift'

Click on image for details.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Friday January 25, 2008

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Requiem for a Curator

"There is a pleasantly discursive treatment
of Pontius Pilate's unanswered question
'What is truth?'"

  — H. S. M. Coxeter, 1987,
book introduction quoted
as epigraph to
Art Wars

"I confess I do not believe in time.
I like to fold my magic carpet,
after use, in such a way
as to superimpose
one part of the pattern
upon another."

Nabokov, Speak, Memory


Figure by Coxeter
reminiscent of the
Ojo de Dios of
Mexico's Sierra Madre

In memory of
National Gallery
of Art curator
Philip Conisbee,
who died on
January 16:

"the God's-eye
 of the author"


— Dorothy Sayers,
    The Mind
    of the Maker

  "one complete
and free eye,
which can
simultaneously see
in all directions"

— Vladimir Nabokov,
    The Gift   

A Contrapuntal Theme

Sunday, October 5, 2003

Sunday October 5, 2003

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Born on this date:
Producer Joshua Logan.

March 9, 1975:
Broadway Tribute to Joshua Logan

March 9, 2000:
Is Nothing Sacred?

“Of course there is nothing afterwards.”
Thoughts of a dying man in Nabokov’s The Gift

“There is nothing like a dame.”
— Oscar Hammerstein II, South Pacific

For more on the religious significance of the date March 9, see

Art Wars.

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