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Monday, March 5, 2012

Establishment of the Talented

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For Women's History Month —

See this post's title in Log24 and the following from Pinkdex ,
the online catalog of the MIT Science Fiction Society (MITSFS)—

IMAGE- Pinkdex results for McCaffrey's 'Rowan' series

"The Pinkdex is so named because it was originally
maintained by another member of MITSFS, many years ago—
 Marilyn 'Fuzzy Pink' Niven [said to be so called for her sweaters],
 whose husband, Larry Niven, has written
or co-authored many of the books in the MITSFS library."

Susan Shepherd, MIT '11

See also MIT Commencement in this journal.

Postscript for the less technically oriented reader—
This post was suggested by yesterday's "Look, Buster,"
and by the middle name of William Rowan Hamilton.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Talented

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"It's going to be accomplished in steps, this establishment of the Talented in the scheme of things."
— Anne McCaffrey, Radcliffe ’47, To Ride Pegasus

"Character, as we have stated, is revealed through action.
We are not yet telepathic; we must embody even the most intellectual traits
and express them physically."
The Craftsmen of Dionysus: An Approach to Acting  by Jerome Rockwood

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11A/110426-ApolloAndDionysus.jpg

Dionysus Meets Apollo
in "Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould"—

Step I — Tiny Dancer in My Hand (0.48.46)

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11A/110426-0.48.46-TinyDancerInMyHand-Sm.jpg

Step II — The Bridge (0.52.46)

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11A/110426-0.52.46-IdeaOfNorth-Bridge-Sm.jpg

Step III — Liftoff (1.27.37)

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11A/110426-1.27.37-Liftoff-Sm.jpg

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Cuber

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Nobel Flashback:

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Nobel Note

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 7:59 PM 

"It's going to be accomplished in steps,
this establishment of the Talented
​in the scheme of things."

— To Ride Pegasus ,
     by Anne McCaffrey (Radcliffe '47)

From a post of Jan. 11, 2012 —

Tension in the Common Room

IMAGE- 'Launched from Cuber' scene in 'X-Men: First Class'

Friday, November 28, 2014

Former-Day Saint

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Continued from Friday the 13th of June, 2014 :

"It's going to be accomplished in steps,
this establishment of the Talented
​in the scheme of things."

— To Ride Pegasus ,
     by Anne McCaffrey (Radcliffe '47)

Related material:

Click Zenna Henderson's dates for
an informative essay from April 5, 2009.

See also posts on, or about, that date in this journal.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Materie

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(A sequel to Raum  and  Zeit )

See also Christmas Eve, 2012.

“It’s going to be accomplished
in steps, this establishment
of the talented….”

To Ride Pegasus , by
Anne McCaffrey (Radcliffe ’47)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Actual Talent

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“It’s going to be accomplished in steps,
this establishment of the Talented
in the scheme of things.”

— Anne McCaffrey,  Radcliffe ’47, To Ride Pegasus

From a review of the new film “Magic in the Moonlight”—

“Sophie seems to have some actual talent….
When Sophie meets Aunt Vanessa, she uncovers the spinster’s
long-ago love affair with a member of parliament. It’s eerie.”

Material that is related, if only in story space:

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Nobel Note

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"It's going to be accomplished in steps,
this establishment of the Talented
​in the scheme of things."

— To Ride Pegasus ,
     by Anne McCaffrey (Radcliffe '47)

From a post of Jan. 11, 2012 —

Tension in the Common Room

IMAGE- 'Launched from Cuber' scene in 'X-Men: First Class'

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Steps

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"It's going to be accomplished in steps,
this establishment of the Talented
in the scheme of things."

— To Ride Pegasus ,
     by Anne McCaffrey (Radcliffe '47),
    quoted here on December 1, 2013

"Twenty-one days is enough time to build trust
and decimate it several times over, and long enough
for someone to drop their pretensions altogether.
So while 'Dude, You’re Screwed' is about a person
at war with himself, 'Naked and Afraid' is about
people at war with each other. The elements may
get you down, but hell is other people."

Jon Caramanica in The New York Times
    (page C1 of today's New York print edition)

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Sermon

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IMAGE- 'To Ride Pegasus,' 1973 1st ed., by Anne McCaffrey

First edition, 1973, cover art by Gene Szafran

"It's going to be accomplished in steps,
this establishment of the Talented
in the scheme of things."

To Ride Pegasus ,
     by Anne McCaffrey (Radcliffe '47)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

X-Joke

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Backstory  The Talented

Related material Parts of a World and Ace in the Hole.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Eve and Cleavage

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From a poem by Frances Frost—

"The upper peak, the shattered rock that cleaves the northward sky
remains alone untaken by the darkness"

— "From a Mountain-Top," The North American Review ,
December 1939 (Vol. 248, No. 2, page 301)

For some material related to the Frost poem,
if only by verbal coincidence, see shattered + rock in this journal.

See also rock + cleavage.

For the relationship to Eve, see New Year's Eve, 2012
and the following image by Karolin Schnoor, who also
illustrated the New York Times  op-ed piece "Catholic
Education, in Need of Salvation
" published online on
Epiphany 2013 (see last evening's Log24 post)—

For some context, see Establishment of the Talented.

Friday, April 27, 2012

An April 27–

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IMAGE- The 3x3x3 Galois cube
The 3×3×3 Galois Cube

Backstory— The Talented, from April 26 last year,
and Atlas Shrugged, from April 27 last year.

Monday, March 5, 2012

For the Nine Muses

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From "The Talented," a post of April 26, 2011—

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11A/110426-ApolloAndDionysus.jpg

And for Josefine Lyche

Unity in Multiplicity —

Pink  in Wikipedia

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Crimson Walpurgisnacht

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Part I — Unity and Multiplicity
              (Continued from The Talented and Galois Cube)

On Husserl's 'Philosophie der Arithmetik'- 'A feeling, an angel, the moon, and Italy'

Part II — "A feeling, an angel, the moon, and Italy"—

Click for details

Dean Martin and Peter Lawford in Crimson ad for 2011 Quincy House Q-Ball

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Cold Mountain

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For Nicole (see Jan. 9).

"Ninth of January, Two Thousand… and Eleven." — Andrew Keeling

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11/110208-NabScar.png

This, with the entry on Nicole from January ninth,
suggests the following dialogue from
"Escape to Witch Mountain" (1975)—

Where are the others? 
                   
Other kids?

Neighbors, I mean.  
                   
There are no neighbors.
Look out of the window. Go on...                   
Look as far as you can see.                   
Mr. Bolt owns everything in sight.   
                   
Well, I could see the sky.

See also "establishment of the Talented" in this journal.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Making a Play

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From "Deus ex Machina and the Aesthetics of Proof"
(Alan J. Cain in The Mathematical Intelligencer * of September 2010, pdf)—

Deus ex Machina
In a narrative, a deus is unsatisfying for two reasons. The
first is that any future attempt to build tension is undercut if
the author establishes that a difficulty can be resolved by a
deus. The second reason—more important for the purposes
of this essay—is that the deus does not fit with the internal
structure of the story. There is no reason internal to the
story why the deus should intervene at that moment.

http://www.log24.com/log/pix10B/101126-MacySanta.jpg

Santa in the New York Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thanksgiving Day, 2010 (November 25), New York Lottery—

Midday 411, Evening 332.

For 411, see (for instance) April 11 (i.e., 4/11) in 2008

Pegasus

NYT obituaries, morning of Friday, April 11, 2008-- Carousel designer and others

For 332, see "A Play for Kristen**" — March 16, 2008

"A search for the evening  number, 332, in Log24 yields a rather famous line from Sophocles…"

Sophocles, Antigone, edited by Mark Griffith, Cambridge University Press, 1999:

Sophocles, Antigone, line 332 in the original Greek

“Many things are formidable (deina ) and none is more formidable (deinoteron ) than man.”

Antigone , lines 332-333, in Valdis Leinieks, The Plays of Sophokles, John Benjamins Publishing Company, 1982, p. 62
 

See also the lottery numbers 411 and 332 in this journal on March 22, 2009— "The Storyteller in Chance ."

“… it’s going to be accomplished in steps,
this establishment of the Talented
  in the scheme of things.”

— Anne McCaffrey, Radcliffe ’47, To Ride Pegasus

* It seems Santa has delivered an early gift — free online access to all issues of the Intelligencer .
** Teaser headline in the original version at Xanga.com

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Back to the Saddle

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Recent posts (Church Logic and Church Narrative) have discussed finite  geometry as a type of non-Euclidean geometry.

For those who prefer non-finite geometry, here are some observations.

http://www.log24.com/log/pix10B/101123-CoxeterPilate.jpg

"A characteristic property of hyperbolic geometry
is that the angles of a triangle add to less
than a straight angle (half circle)." — Wikipedia

http://www.log24.com/log/pix10B/101123-Saddle.jpg

From To Ride Pegasus, by Anne McCaffrey, 1973: 

“Mary-Molly luv, it’s going to be accomplished in steps, this establishment of the Talented in the scheme of things. Not society, mind you, for we’re the original nonconformists…. and Society will never permit us to integrate.  That’s okay!”  He consigned Society to insignificance with a flick of his fingers.  “The Talented form their own society and that’s as it should be: birds of a feather.  No, not birds.  Winged horses!  Ha!  Yes, indeed. Pegasus… the poetic winged horse of flights of fancy.  A bloody good symbol for us.  You’d see a lot from the back of a winged horse…”

“Yes, an airplane has blind spots.  Where would you put a saddle?”  Molly had her practical side.

On the practical side:

http://www.log24.com/log/pix10B/101123-CandelaSpire.jpg

The above chapel is from a Princeton Weekly Bulletin  story of October 6th, 2008.

Related material: This journal on that date.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

M Theory

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http://www.log24.com/log/pix10B/100905-MmusicmagSm.jpg

"It's going to be accomplished in steps, this establishment
of the Talented in the scheme of things."
— Anne McCaffrey

From this journal on August 23,
a look at Resurrection Road  in M magazine—

http://www.log24.com/log/pix10B/100823-ResurrectionRoadSm.jpg

Notes for an unfinished novel, The Last Tycoon, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

"There is a place for a hint somewhere
  of a big agent to complete the picture."

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Wednesday June 10, 2009

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Death of an
Abstract Classicist

“It’s going to be accomplished
in steps, this establishment of
the Talented in the
scheme of things.”

— Anne McCaffrey, Radcliffe ’47

Frederick Hammersley, abstract classicist, dies at 90
 
Work by Frederick Hammersley, abstract classicist

Click on images to enlarge.

Related material:

Naturalized Epistemology
and Zero Factorial.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sunday December 14, 2008

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Ideas and Steps

“Somehow it seems to
fill my head with ideas
 only I don’t exactly know
what they are!…. Let’s have
 a look at the garden first!”

— A passage from
Through the Looking-Glass

“… it’s going to be
 accomplished in steps,
this establishment of
the Talented
 in the scheme of things.”

Anne McCaffrey

On the seven steps of Charles Williams:

“If we assume Williams was responding to a psychological need to express himself, then we may also assume that Williams wrote these seven steps in compliance with Jung’s theory that an author, who believes strongly enough in some set of ideas, has to write about them.”

— Dennis L. Weeks (a former student of Walter J. Ong, S. J.) in Steps Toward Salvation: An Examination of Coinherence and Substitution in the Seven Novels of Charles Williams (New York, Peter Lang Publishing, 1991), page 9

On the twelve steps of Christmas:

So set ’em up, Joe…

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Saturday December 13, 2008

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The Shining
of Dec. 13

continued from
Dec. 13, 2003

“There is a place for a hint
somewhere of a big agent
to complete the picture.”

Notes for an unfinished novel,
The Last Tycoon,
by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Internet Movie Database
Filmography:William Grady

The Good Earth (1937)
casting: Chinese extras
(uncredited)

A Place for a Hint:

http://www.log24.com/log/pix08A/081213-Tea2.jpg(From the book Tangram)

See also
yesterday’s entries
as well as…

Serpent’s Eyes Shine,
Alice’s Tea Party,
Janet’s Tea Party,
Hollywood Memory,
and
Hope of Heaven.

“… it’s going to be
accomplished in steps,
this establishment of
the Talented
in the scheme of things.”

Anne McCaffrey

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Thursday October 16, 2008

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Steps

“… it’s going to be accomplished in steps,
 this establishment of the Talented
 in the scheme of things.”

Step 1:

Checkers game from 'Our Man in Havana'

Alec Guinness and Ernie Kovacs
play checkers in
Our Man in Havana” (1959)

Et cetera,
Et cetera,
Et cetera


“…Once in a lullaby….”
— Judy Garland  

Lullaby:

Edie Adams sings 'That's All' on the final episode of the Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour

Edie Adams sings on the
final episode of
“The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour”
in April 1960

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Wednesday July 2, 2008

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Bull's-Eye

On this date in 1961,
Ernest Hemingway shot
himself.

The Talented Patricia Highsmith

The Talented Patricia Highsmith

"Yes, oh, God, Robin was beautiful. [….] A sort of first position in attention, a face that will age only under the blows of perpetual childhood. The temples like those of young beasts cutting horns, as if they were sleeping eyes. And that look on a face we follow like a witch-fire."

Djuna Barnes, Nightwood

Related material:

The Languages of Addiction,
Ch. 13: The Barnes Complex

See also
The Garden of Eden.
 

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Sunday March 16, 2008

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Real Numbers

(continued from
March 7, 2008)

NY Lottery, March 15, 2008: mid-day 874, evening 332

A search for the evening
 number, 332, in Log24
yields a rather famous
 line from Sophocles…

Sophocles, Antigone,
edited by Mark Griffith,
Cambridge University Press,
1999:

Sophocles, Antigone, line 332 in the original Greek

“Many things are formidable (deina) and none is more formidable (deinoteron) than man.”

Antigone, lines 332-333, in Valdis Leinieks, The Plays of Sophokles, John Benjamins Publishing Company, 1982, p. 62

Continuing the search within Antigone for the mid-day number, 874, we find…

Sophocles, Antigone, line 874 in the original Greek


“Power (kratos), for one who is concerned with power (kratos), is in no way to be transgressed.”

Antigone, lines 873-874, Leinieks, op. cit. p. 69

Both passages from Sophocles seem not unrelated to yesterday’s entry for the Ides of March and to last night’s opening routine on “Saturday Night Live.”

The above word deina (formidable, wonderful, awesome) in the latter context suggests the following meditation:

“… it’s going to be
accomplished in steps,
this establishment
of the Talented in
  the scheme of things.”

— Anne McCaffrey, 
Radcliffe ’47,
To Ride Pegasus

United Talent Agency photo of Kristen Wiig on staircase

Related material:

The Log24 Pi Day 
mantra from 
 Roger Zelazny —
center loosens,  
forms again elsewhere.”

Monday, February 11, 2008

Monday February 11, 2008

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Monolith

“A shape of some kind
for something that
  has no shape.”

The black monolith from '2001'

— Roy Scheider
  in “2010”

For further details,
 click on the monolith.

See also the Keystone State’s
lottery numbers for Sunday–
Grammy night and the
date of Scheider’s death:

PA  Lottery Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008: Mid-day 234, Evening 617

These numbers suggest
the following links.

For further details related
to death and religion, see
a version of the cheer
“1234, who are we for?”

For further details related
to Grammy night, see
6/17, 2007:

A selection from the
  Stephen King Hymnal

Alicia Keys and Scatman Crothers - 'If you could read my mind, love...'

“… it’s going to be
accomplished in steps,
this establishment
of the Talented in
  the scheme of things.”

— Anne McCaffrey, 
Radcliffe ’47,
To Ride Pegasus

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Sunday August 5, 2007

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Lucero


 

Under the Volcano, by Malcolm Lowry, 1947, Chapter VI:

“What have I got out of my life? Contacts with famous men… The occasion Einstein asked me the time, for instance. That summer evening…. smiles when I say I don’t know. And yet asked me. Yes: the great Jew, who has upset the whole world’s notions of time and space, once leaned down… to ask me… ragged freshman… at the first approach of the evening star, the time. And smiled again when I pointed out the clock neither of us had noticed.”

To Ride Pegasus, by Anne McCaffrey, 1973: 

“Mary-Molly luv, it’s going to be accomplished in steps, this establishment of the Talented in the scheme of things. Not society, mind you, for we’re the original nonconformists…. and Society will never permit us to integrate. That’s okay!” He consigned Society to insignificance with a flick of his fingers. “The Talented form their own society and that’s as it should be: birds of a feather. No, not birds. Winged horses! Ha! Yes, indeed. Pegasus… the poetic winged horse of flights of fancy. A bloody good symbol for us. You’d see a lot from the back of a winged horse…”

From Holt Spanish and English Dictionary, 1955:

lucero m Venus
(as morning or evening star);
bright star…
star (in forehead of animal)….

Scarlett Johansson and friend in The Horse Whisperer

Scarlett Johansson and friend
in “The Horse Whisperer” (1998)

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Sunday June 17, 2007

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A selection from the
  Stephen King Hymnal

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“… it’s going to be
accomplished in steps,
this establishment
of the Talented in
  the scheme of things.”

— Anne McCaffrey, 
Radcliffe ’47,
To Ride Pegasus

See also
Part I and Part II.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Thursday August 31, 2006

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:25 PM

Party Phone

for Van Morrison
on his birthday

A few words for M.C.C.:

Honey Blonde

She's as sweet as
  tupelo honey
She's an angel
  of the first degree.
She's as sweet as
  tupelo honey
Just like honey, baby,
  from the bee.
— Van Morrison, 1971

From March 24, 2006:

Life of the Party

From Stephen King's Dreamcatcher:

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From Alfred Bester's
The Demolished Man:

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Related material:

"… it's going to be
accomplished in steps,
this establishment
of the Talented in
  the scheme of things."

— Anne McCaffrey, 
Radcliffe '47,
To Ride Pegasus

"It's not the twilight zone no,
it's not the twilight zone
Yes it's just a party phone,
pure
honeycomb,
honeycomb,
honeycomb"

— Van Morrison, "Twilight Zone,"
in The Philosopher's Stone

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Friday, March 24, 2006

Friday March 24, 2006

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Life of the Party

From Stephen King’s Dreamcatcher:

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From Alfred Bester’s The Demolished Man:

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Related material:

“… it’s going to be
accomplished in steps,
this establishment
of the Talented in
  the scheme of things.”

— Anne McCaffrey, 
Radcliffe ’47,
To Ride Pegasus

Friday, March 17, 2006

Friday March 17, 2006

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Dogma in the
State of Grace

“Words and numbers are of equal value,
for, in the cloak of knowledge,
one is warp and the other woof.”

— The princesses Rhyme and Reason
in The Phantom Tollbooth,
by Norton Juster, 1961

(From a Sermon for
St. Patrick’s Day, 2001
)

The Pennsylvania midday lottery
on St. Patrick’s Day, 2006:

618.

Comparing, as in Philadelphia Stories,  the Catholic style of Grace Kelly with the Protestant style of Katharine Hepburn, we conclude that Princess Rhyme might best be played by the former, Princess Reason by the latter.

Reason informs us that the lottery result “618” may be regarded as naming ” – 0.618,” the approximate value of the negative solution to the equation

x2 – x – 1 = 0

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Following the advice of Clint Eastwood (on the “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” soundtrack CD) to “accentuate the positive,” Reason notes that the other, positive, solution to this equation, approximately 1.618, a number symbolized by the Greek letter “phi,” occurs in the following geometric diagram illustrating a construction of the pentagon:

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For further enlightenment, we turn to Rhyme, who informs us that “618” may also be regarded as naming the date “6/18.” Consulting our notes, we find on 6/18, 2003, a reference to “claves,” Latin for “keys,” as in “claves regni caelorum.”

We may tarry at this date, pleased to find that the keys to the kingdom involve rational numbers, rather than the irrational ratios suggested, paradoxically, by Reason.

Or we may, with Miles Davis, prefer a more sensuous incarnation of the keys:

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Alicia Keys

“… it’s going to be
accomplished in steps,
this establishment
of the Talented in
  the scheme of things.”

— Anne McCaffrey, 
Radcliffe ’47,
To Ride Pegasus

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Wednesday January 25, 2006

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Born Today
and playing
with a full deck:

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Alicia Keys

“… it’s going to be
accomplished in steps,
this establishment
of the Talented in
  the scheme of things.”

— Anne McCaffrey, 
Radcliffe ’47,
To Ride Pegasus

(And born yesterday…
Neil “I am, I cried” Diamond)
 

Friday, September 5, 2003

Friday September 5, 2003

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Recommended Reading

       for Cullinane College:

The Talented form their own society and that’s as it should be: birds of a feather.  No, not birds.  Winged horses!  Ha!  Yes, indeed. Pegasus… the poetic winged horse of flights of fancy.  A bloody good symbol for us.  You’d see a lot from the back of a winged horse…”

To Ride Pegasus, by Anne McCaffrey.

“Born in Cambridge, MA, on April Fool’s Day 1926 (‘I’ve tried very hard to live up to being an April-firster,’ she quips), McCaffrey graduated from Radcliffe College in 1947.”

 — School Library Journal

Born on March 9, 1947, in Christchurch, Keri Hulme won the Pegasus Prize for her Maori novel, The Bone People.

Thursday, September 5, 2002

Thursday September 5, 2002

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Trifecta

Born today: Arthur Koestler,
former Communist and writer on parapsychology

From To Ride Pegasus, by Anne McCaffrey, 1973: 

“Mary-Molly luv, it’s going to be accomplished in steps, this establishment of the Talented in the scheme of things. Not society, mind you, for we’re the original nonconformists…. and Society will never permit us to integrate.  That’s okay!”  He consigned Society to insignificance with a flick of his fingers.  “The Talented form their own society and that’s as it should be: birds of a feather.  No, not birds.  Winged horses!  Ha!  Yes, indeed. Pegasus… the poetic winged horse of flights of fancy.  A bloody good symbol for us.  You’d see a lot from the back of a winged horse…”

“Yes, an airplane has blind spots.  Where would you put a saddle?”  Molly had her practical side.

He laughed and hugged her.  Henry’s frequent demonstrations of affection were a source of great delight to Molly, whose own strength was in tactile contacts. 

“Don’t know.  Lord, how would you bridle a winged horse?”

“With the heart?”

“Indubitably!”  The notion pleased him.  “Yes, with the heart and the head because Pegasus is too strong a steed to control or subdue by any ordinary method.” 

Born today:  Darryl F. Zanuck,
producer of “Viva Zapata!”

Director Eliza Kazan consults with scriptwriter John Steinbeck about the production of “Viva Zapata!” in Cuernavaca, Mexico:

When John woke, I asked him, “Isn’t the Syndicate of Film Technicians and Workers here Communist-dominated?”

Elia Kazan on Darryl Zanuck’s insistence that Zapata’s white horse be emphasized:

Darryl made only one suggestion that he was insistent on. He’d stolen it, no doubt, from an old Warner western, but he offered it as if it were pristine stuff. “Zapata must have a white horse,” he said, “and after they shoot him, we should show the horse running free in the mountains — get the idea? A great fade-out.” We got the idea, all right. Darryl was innocent about the symbol in his suggestion, but so enthusiastic about the emotion of it that he practically foamed at the mouth. John’s face was without expression. Actually, while I thought it was corny, the idea worked out well in the end. 

Born today: comedian Bob Newhart

 

If Kazan hadn’t directed “Viva Zapata!”…

Zanuck would have ended up shouting,

“I said a WHITE horse!”

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