Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Vanity Fair Cover Girl

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 11:15 AM

Elle Fanning recently played Catherine the Great.

Starring J. J. Abrams as Leonhard Euler?

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Lowell Brown at Vanity Fair

Filed under: G-Notes,General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 8:18 PM

A sequel to the post  CP  is for Consolation Prize  (Sept. 3, 2016)

An image from Log24 on this date last year:

A recent comment on a discussion of CP symmetry

Saturday, February 4, 2017

♫ Are You Going to Vanity Fair?

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"In those days, the occult sciences were 
cultivated with ardor well calculated to surprise the 
incredulous minds of our own sovereignly analytical 
age; perhaps they may detect in this historical 
sketch the germ of the positive sciences, widely 
studied in the nineteenth century, but without the 
poetic grandeur which was ascribed to them by the 
audacious investigators of the sixteenth century; 
who, instead of devoting their energy to industry, 
magnified art and made thought fruitful. The 
patronage universally accorded to art by the sov- 
ereigns of that time was justified, too, by the mar- 
vellous creations of inventors who started in quest 
of the philosopher's stone and reached amazing re- 
sults." — Balzac, Catherine de' Medici 

Honoré de Balzac, Sur Catherine de Médicis :

— Hé! bien, sire, en ôtant Dieu de ce monde, que reste-t-il?
L’homme! Examinons alors notre domaine?
Le monde matériel est composé d’éléments, ces éléments
ont eux-mêmes des principes. Ces principes se résolvent 
en un seul qui est doué de mouvement. Le nombre TROIS est
la formule de la création: la Matière, le Mouvement, le Produit!

— La preuve? Halte-là, s’écria le roi.

Illustration by Frederick Alfred Rhead of Vanity Fair,
page 96 in the John Bunyan classic Pilgrim's Progress 
(New York, The Century Co., 1912)

Friday, April 22, 2016

Vanity Fair Continues

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:02 AM

Detail of illustration by Frederick Alfred Rhead of Vanity Fair,
page 96 in the John Bunyan classic Pilgrim's Progress 
(New York, The Century Co., 1912)

Yesterday's posts Legend and Purple Requiem suggest a review
of John Bunyan.  A search for "Vanity Fair" + "Temple of Art" yields

The above Vanity Fair  article was linked to here previously.

Saturday, September 4, 2021

It’s Still the Same Old Story

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"One, two, three . . . but where is the fourth?" — Socrates

Vanity Fair sheet music

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Only Connect :  Bulk Apperception* Continues.

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 11:49 AM

The above Vanity Fair  article was republished on the Web by VF
on September 3, 2013.  See also this  journal on that date.

Related religious remarks —

* “Bulk apperception” is a phrase from Westworld. See Log24 notes.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Autumn Equinox at the Temple of Art

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 9:29 AM

Detail of illustration by Frederick Alfred Rhead of Vanity Fair,
page 96 in the John Bunyan classic Pilgrim’s Progress
(New York, The Century Co., 1912)

Friday, June 12, 2020

Twin Peaks

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:01 AM

See the title as a tag.

The title was suggested by

  1. Ashlynn Yennie’s twin peaks in Showtime’s Submission  (May 2016) —
  2. Ethan Allen’s recent appearance in a Vanity Fair  piece  by Betty Gilpin.

Gilpin as Crystal in The Hunt

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Golden Globe

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 7:00 PM

From the cover of 
Vanity Fair,  issue 641:

See as well
Post  641 and
Green and Red.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The Mask of Zero

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:55 PM

For the title, see Zero: Both Real and Imaginary (a Log24 search).

The title was suggested by the previous post, by Zorro Ranch,
by the classic 1967 film The Producers , and by . . .

Related material —

Vanity Fair  on Sept. 8, 2017, celebrated the young actress
who played Beverly Marsh in the 2017 film version of
Stephen King's IT . See a post from her 12th birthday —
"Winter's Game" — that touches upon Maori themes.

More generally, see Bester + Deceivers in this  journal.

And for the Church of Synchronology . . .
See posts related to the above Vanity Fair  date.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Fashion Story

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:47 PM

A death last Sunday —

Meanwhile . . .

Amy Adams attends the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party 
at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on
Sunday, February 24, 2019, in Beverly Hills, California.

"Here was finality indeed, and cleavage!

             — Under the Volcano

Friday, October 27, 2017

To Forge a Head

Filed under: G-Notes,General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 12:25 PM

The title was suggested by a 2014 Vanity Fair  piece
by James Toback (Harvard '66).

"He squinted at this vision of a Qualityless world for a while,
conjured up more details, thought about it, and then squinted
some more and thought some more and then finally circled
back to where he was before.


That's the look. That sums it. Squareness. When you subtract
quality you get squareness. Absence of Quality is the essence
of squareness."

— Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

And when you add  quality?

A related Zen joke from Final Club (June 19, 2017) —


Friday, September 8, 2017


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 9:35 PM

(Continued from the post on Vanity Fair  of September 7 with that title.)

Nivea  comes from the Latin word 
niveus/nivea/niveum , meaning 'snow-white.' "


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Windmill vs. Diamond

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:44 PM

"… I miss the black-and-whiteness of the 20th century."

Vanity Fair  editor Graydon Carter  in The New York Times  today

A note for Carter —

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Not a Group Member

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:30 PM

The previous post included an image of a group
of eleven women in the cover photo for the current
Vanity Fair  Hollywood Issue.

To be fair and balanced, here is a twelfth, rather different,
feminine figure

Related philosophy by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein in
remarks published July 12, 2016, on Plato and mathematical beauty —

"Thinking in a narrow and amoral way about our own self-interest
is, for Plato, almost the definition of irrationality. Our self-centeredness
makes us not only stupid but nasty."

"I'm with Nasty."

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Putting the Y in Vanity

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

Amy Adams on the cover of the 
Vanity Fair  Hollywood issue, 2017

Line spoken to Adams's
character in Arrival

You approach language
like a mathematician.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Sunday Dinner Crumbs

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 2:00 PM

From posts now tagged “Memory-History-Geometry” —

“… even the dogs under the table
eat the children’s crumbs.” — Mark 7:28

From a 2015 post

“… Kansas and Harvard officially met
as Kansas wrestled the unsuspecting Harvard
to the ground in a headlock.”

Harvard Heart of Gold , by Dustin Aguilar,
quoted here on April 24, 2015

For the dogs under the table, a note from that same date —

See as well Tom Wolfe on manifestos
and “the creative spirit.”

Monday, November 28, 2016


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:00 PM

Or:  A Candle for Sunrise  


Commentary —

“Looking carefully at Golay’s code is like staring into the sun.”

— Richard Evan Schwartz

Saturday, November 19, 2016


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 6:00 PM

"The high-end diamond game is played
on a very small field by only a few players."

Matthew Hart in Vanity Fair , Sept. 2016 issue 

Alicia Vikander and Matt Damon in "Jason Bourne" (2016).
The linked-to trailer was uploaded on April 20, 2016.

For related entertainment, see posts of April 2016… 
in particular, those related to the April 20 death of
"Diamonds Are Forever" director Guy Hamilton.

Friday, July 29, 2016

All About Maya

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:01 PM

Or:   Are You Going to Vanity Fair ?

Saturday, July 2, 2016


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 8:24 PM

"…  Seven is Heaven,  Eight is a Gate  …"


Sunday, June 19, 2016

In Memoriam

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:30 PM

For those who prefer the red pill to the blue pill

See as well this afternoon's related Vanity Fair  piece.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Charlatans 101

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

Thanks to Chris Matthews, who last night recommended
the book quoted below —

“I dislike the charlatan class, even if it is they who pay me,”
he said as we drove to my house. “To whom do you refer?”
I asked. He tapped his cigarette out of the cracked window
and looked at me with a sardonic smile: “The sort who
subscribe to Vanity Fair .”

— Taunton, Larry Alex (2016-04-12).
The Faith of Christopher Hitchens: The Restless Soul
of the World's Most Notorious Atheist  
(p. 115).
Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. 

See also Orson Welles in this journal.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Raiders of the Lost Crucible

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:28 PM


Vanity Fair illustrated —

Detail of illustration by Frederick Alfred Rhead of Vanity Fair,
page 96 in the John Bunyan classic Pilgrim's Progress 
(New York, The Century Co., 1912)

See also

Friday, March 18, 2016

The Stone…

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:30 PM

of  Woody Allen's  philosopher

"Deadline reports that Stone is finalizing a deal
to star in Maniac , a 30-minute television series with
her former Superbad  castmate Jonah Hill.
The project, a dark comedy, will be directed by 
True Detective  alum Cary Fukunaga and is based
on a 2014 Norwegian series about a mental-institution
patient living out a fantasy life in his dreams."

Vanity Fair  today

See as well the previous post and Jews Telling Stories.

Update of 11:07 PM ET —

From Variety  today — "Hill and Stone would also make their
TV producing debut as the two stars are attached to exec produce
with  Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar and Doug Wald …."

"The problem is having a solid business plan and knowing what
you're doing, whether it's a movie, a TV series or a company."
Steve Golin in The Hollywood Reporter , Sept. 4, 2013

Friday, March 4, 2016

Chess by Other Means

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:22 PM

On film director Stanley Kubrick:

From "Kubrick," by Michael Herr, Vanity Fair , August 1999—

"He disliked the usual references to his having been a 'chess hustler' in his Greenwich Village days, as though this impugned the gravity and beauty of the exercise, the suggestion that his game wasn’t pour le sport  or, more correctly, pour l’art . To win the game was important, to win the money was irresistible, but it was nothing compared with his game, with the searching, endless action of working on his game. But of course he was hustling, he was always hustling; as he grew older and moved beyond still photography, chess became movies, and movies became chess by other means. I doubt that he ever thought of chess as just a game, or even as a game at all. I do imagine that a lot of people sitting across the board from him got melted, fried, and fragmented when Stanley let that cool ray come streaming down out of his eyes— talk about penetrating looks and piercing intelligence; here they’d sat down to a nice game of chess, and all of a sudden he was doing the thinking for both of them."

On physics writer Peter Woit:

From Part II of an interview with Peter Woit by Gerald Alper
in Smashpipe  published March 1, 2016:

"For just a moment, he allows himself to become self reflective: 'I was always a smart kid. A very smart kid. I suppose if I ever took a standardized test I would do very well, especially, in the area of abstract reasoning.'

Peter Woit says this as matter-of-factly as if he said, 'When I was a kid my father drove a Chevrolet.' He says it as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, if asked to describe how he became the person he is, might have said 'I was always a tall kid. A very tall kid. In school, short kids bored me.'

I felt I had to say, 'but there must be a few million people in the United States who would also score very high in abstract thinking in the standardized tests and none of them have your interests.'

'The people around here all do. And there are thousands of us all around the world.'

'But there are 7 billion people in the world.'

Peter Woit had to concede the mathematical point, but I don't think he appreciated the psychological distinction I was alluding to. There is an astonishing divide between the culture of science and the culture of humanities that C.P. Snow famously alluded to. There is even a greater divide between the culture of pure mathematics and the culture of the earthbound evolutionarily programmed biological world into which we are born.

There is a celebrated quip by Dick Cavett that encapsulates this. Reflecting on his famous interview of the then reigning world chess champion, Bobby Fischer, he observed:

'Throughout the interview I could feel the force of his IQ.'

Paraphrasing this I could say that throughout the interview, which was at times exhilarating, at times daunting, I could feel the force of his two hundred QMIQ (quantum mechanics IQ). Norman Mailer once commented that the immediacy of television— the fact that most influential people in the world can be brought into your living room— creates the illusion that you have thereby been included in their inner power circle, and to that extent vicariously empowered. But you are no closer to the corridors of power then you were before. Analogously, you can sit just a few feet away from a world-class expert, close enough to reach out and touch them, but you are no closer to their accumulated wisdom— unless you are willing to go home and put in ten thousand hours of hard work trying to raise the level of your understanding."


Illustration from a post of
Schicksalstag  2009

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Dating a Tigress

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:40 AM

Continued from January 18, 2005 —

See Lili Anolik, "Tiger of the Week," in Princeton Alumni Weekly  
on April 29, 2015, and this journal on that date.

(This post was suggested by the following sentence
by Anolik in Vanity Fair 's current Hollywood issue

"I think that for the city of Los Angeles,
Didion is the Ángel de la Muerte.")

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Where Entertainment Is God (continued)

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:00 PM

The Cumberbatch Conundrum

A quote from Benedict Cumberbatch in this journal
on Nov. 15 last year:

"… this film’s been up my ass
      for the last five years.”

The quote, in connection with today's previous post,
suggests a check of this journal five years ago.

The check yields a paper at the new research site InvenZone.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Alphabet Soup

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Look Homeward, Dorothy

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:29 PM

For Dorothy Maharam Stone, mathematician, who reportedly
died on Sept. 27, 2014 (Gwyneth Paltrow’s birthday):

“When I die…. I want it to be Hollywood all the way.
I don’t want some rabbi rambling on; I want
Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents….”

Joan Rivers

How about Meryl Streep as Ethel Greenglass Rosenberg
saying Kaddish in Angels in America ?

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sunday School

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 7:00 AM

The date of a Vanity Fair  post on Hugh Jackman—
Sunday, June 8, 2014— suggests a review of the following
quotation from this journal on that date —

IMAGE- Gian-Carlo Rota on Desargues and a 'Zen ideal' of proof

Zen ideal —

Smart Art

Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:01 AM

“If you can bounce high, bounce for her too.”

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

IMAGE- Hugh Jackman bouncing, from Vanity Fair's Hollywood, June 8, 2014

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Core Curriculum Vocabulary:

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 5:01 PM

Separatrix  and  Mulligan

An image from this journal on September 16, 2013:

Carey Mulligan as a separatrix

IMAGE- Kipnis on Derrida's 'separatrix'


“A mulligan, in a game, happens when a player gets a second chance
to perform a certain move or action.” — Wikipedia

New York Times  obituary for Richard Mellon Scaife:

“He had the caricatured look of a jovial billionaire promoting ‘family values’
in America: a real-life Citizen Kane with red cheeks, white hair, blue eyes and
a wide smile for the cameras. Friends called him intuitive but not intellectual.
He told Vanity Fair  his favorite TV show was ‘The Simpsons,’ and his favorite
book was John O’Hara’s  Appointment in Samarra , about a rich young
Pennsylvanian bent on self-destruction.” — Robert D. McFadden

Click image below for some nuclear family values in memory of Scaife:

See also the previous post,
Core Curriculum.

Monday, March 17, 2014


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:09 PM

"It is a very fun happy collection
and I think it is
classic and timeless and elegant."

The late L'Wren Scott,
Vanity Fair , Nov. 20, 2013

Update of 10:30 PM ET —

"I don't want  Santana Abraxas!"

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Objects of Beauty

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


"I am a town." — Mary Chapin Carpenter

"A town, huh?" — Sydney Prosser

Related material — "Put on your red dress, baby."

Sunday, December 15, 2013


Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 11:00 AM

Odin's Jewel

Jim Holt, the author of remarks in yesterday's
Saturday evening post

"It turns out that the Kyoto school of Buddhism
makes Heidegger seem like Rush Limbaugh—
it’s so rarified, I’ve never been able to
understand it at all. I’ve been knocking my head
against it for years."

Vanity Fair Daily , July 16, 2012

Backstory Odin + Jewel in this journal.

See also Odin on the Kyoto school —

For another version of Odin's jewel, see Log24
on the date— July 16, 2012— that Holt's Vanity Fair
remarks were published. Scroll to the bottom of the
"Mapping Problem continued" post for an instance of
the Galois tesseract —

IMAGE- The Galois tesseract as a four-dimensional vector space, from a diagram by Conway and Sloane in 'Sphere Packings, Lattices, and Groups'

Friday, May 31, 2013

A Very Strange Enchanted Girl

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 8:28 PM

"When it comes down to it,
I think we all just want
to love and be loved."

Ellen Page in Vanity Fair  online this afternoon

See also lyrics to a tune by Dvořák and eden ahbez.

Friday, July 13, 2012


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Oscar-winning producer
Richard Zanuck dies at 77

See also today's previous post,
Vanity Fair 's 1996 "Remains of the Dia,"
and english-for-students.com/dia.html.

Click to enlarge

Friday, March 7, 2008

Friday March 7, 2008

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:12 PM
Setter of Riddles

“Philosophers ponder
the idea of identity:
what it is to give
something a name
on Monday
and have it respond
to that name
   on Friday….”

— Bernard Holland in
   The New York Times

2:45 AM Monday:

NY Times obits: Wm. F. Buckley feature and Kaddish ad

Related material:

A Kaddish for Raymond

Obituary of Paul Raymond
in today’s New York Times:

“He left school at 15 and had his first experience of show business as a mind reader and clairvoyant. He developed his interest in the commercial exploitation of sex when the manager of a theater where he performed said he would hire him only if his two female assistants appeared seminaked on the stage.”

Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman
Scarlett Johansson
and Natalie Portman

See also
Scarlett Johansson in Vanity Fair,
Natalie Portman in Hotel Chevalier.

Ad for Hadassah
on Monday, the day
that Raymond’s death
was announced:

“Who will say Kaddish?”

Natalie Portman at Hadassah emergency medical care center at Ein Kerem, Jerusalem

Portman, of course.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Sunday March 26, 2006

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 5:00 PM

Rhinestone Cowboy

Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES — Singer Buck Owens, the flashy rhinestone cowboy who shaped the sound of country music… died Saturday. He was 76.

From Log24, Feb. 2, 2003:

Head White House speechwriter Michael Gerson:

“In the last two weeks, I’ve been returning to Hopkins.  Even in the ‘world’s wildfire,’ he asserts that ‘this Jack, joke, poor potsherd, patch, matchwood, immortal diamond,/Is immortal diamond.’ A comfort.”

Vanity Fair, May 2002, page 162

Related material:

See the five Log24 entries ending with The Diamond as Big as the Monster (Dec. 21, 2005).

Note particularly the following:

From Fitzgerald’s
The Diamond as Big as the Ritz:

    “Now,” said John eagerly, “turn out your pocket and let’s see what jewels you brought along. If you made a good selection we three ought to live comfortably all the rest of our lives.”
     Obediently Kismine put her hand in her pocket and tossed two handfuls of glittering stones before him.
    “Not so bad,” cried John, enthusiastically. “They aren’t very big, but– Hello!” His expression changed as he held one of them up to the declining sun. “Why, these aren’t diamonds! There’s something the matter!”
    “By golly!” exclaimed Kismine, with a startled look. “What an idiot I am!”
    “Why, these are rhinestones!” cried John.

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Thursday, January 27, 2005

Thursday January 27, 2005

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Glasshouse Productions


The Man in the Glass Booth

and the sequel,

The Man in the Glass Box.

"I don’t know how you expiate guilt."

Philip Johnson, Vanity Fair, May 1993

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Ask Robert Shaw.

Monday, February 17, 2003

Monday February 17, 2003

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:36 PM

Saint Faggot’s Day

“During the European Inquisitions, faggot referred to the sticks used to set fires for burning heretics, or people who opposed the teachings of the Catholic Church. Heretics were required to gather bundles of sticks (‘faggots’) and carry them to the fire that was being built for them. Heretics who changed their beliefs to avoid being killed were forced to wear a faggot design embroidered on their sleeve, to show everyone that they had opposed the Church.”

— Handout

Cover illustration
by Stephen Savage

N.Y. Times Feb. 2, 2003

‘A Box of Matches’:
A Miniaturist’s
Novel of Details

In Nicholson Baker’s novel,
things not worth noticing
eventually become
all there is to notice.

Head White House speechwriter Michael Gerson:

“In the last two weeks, I’ve been returning to Hopkins.  Even in the ‘world’s wildfire,’ he asserts that ‘this Jack, joke, poor potsherd, patch, matchwood, immortal diamond,/Is immortal diamond.’ A comfort.”
— Vanity Fair, May 2002, page 162

“At midnight on the Emperor’s pavement flit
Flames that no faggot feeds….”

— William Butler Yeats, “Byzantium”

On this date in 1600, Saint Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake for heresy by the Roman Catholic Church.

He was resurrected by Saint Frances Yates, who went to her reward on the feast day of Saint Michael and All Angels, 1981.

Sunday, February 2, 2003

Sunday February 2, 2003

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:00 PM

Steering a Space-Plane

Head White House speechwriter Michael Gerson:

“In the last two weeks, I’ve been returning to Hopkins.  Even in the ‘world’s wildfire,’ he asserts that ‘this Jack, joke, poor potsherd, patch, matchwood, immortal diamond,/Is immortal diamond.’ A comfort.”
— Vanity Fair, May 2002, page 162

Yesterday’s note, “Time and Eternity,” supplies the “immortal diamond” part of this meditation.  For the “matchwood” part, see the cover of The New York Times Book Review of February 2 (Candlemas), 2003:

Cover illustration
by Stephen Savage

N.Y. Times Feb. 2, 2003

‘A Box of Matches’:
A Miniaturist’s
Novel of Details

In Nicholson Baker’s novel,
things not worth noticing
eventually become
all there is to notice.

See also the Times’s excerpt from Baker‘s first chapter,
about “steering a space-plane.”

For the relationship of Hopkins to Eastern religions,
see “Out of Inscape,” by Robert Morris.

Monday, January 20, 2003

Monday January 20, 2003

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 5:00 PM

Shine On, Robinson Jeffers

"…be in nothing so moderate as in love of man, 
      a clever servant, insufferable master.
There is the trap that catches noblest spirits,
     that caught — they say — God, when he walked on earth."
Shine, Perishing Republic, by Robinson Jeffers

Robinson Jeffers died at Big Sur, California, on January 20, 1962 — a year to the day after Robert Frost spoke at the Kennedy inauguration.

"The poetry of Robinson Jeffers shines with a diamond's brilliance when he depicts Nature's beauty and magnificence.   His verse also flashes with a diamond's hardness when he portrays human pain and folly."
Gary Suttle  

"Praise Him, He hath conferred aesthetic distance
Upon our appetites, and on the bloody
Mess of our birthright, our unseemly need,
Imposed significant form. Through Him the brutes
Enter the pure Euclidean kingdom of number…."
— Howard Nemerov, 
   Grace To Be Said at the Supermarket 

"Across my foundering deck shone 
A beacon, an eternal beam. | Flesh fade, and mortal trash 
Fáll to the resíduary worm; | world's wildfire, leave but ash: 
In a flash, at a trumpet crash, 
I am all at once what Christ is |, since he was what I am, and 
Thís Jack, jóke, poor pótsherd, | patch, matchwood,
    immortal diamond, 
Is immortal diamond."
— Gerard Manley Hopkins,
    That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire and of the Comfort of the Resurrection

"In the last two weeks, I've been returning to Hopkins.  Even in the 'world's wildfire,' he asserts that 'this Jack, joke, poor potsherd, patch, matchwood, immortal diamond,/Is immortal diamond.' A comfort."
— Michael Gerson, head White House speechwriter,
    in Vanity Fair, May 2002, page 162

"There's none but truth can stead you.  Christ is truth."
— Gerard Manley Hopkins

"The rock cannot be broken.  It is the truth."
— Wallace Stevens 

"My ghost you needn't look for; it is probably
Here, but a dark one, deep in the granite…."
— Robinson Jeffers, Tor House

On this date in 1993, the inauguration day of William Jefferson Clinton, Audrey Hepburn died.

"…today, the Rock cries out to us, clearly, forcefully…."
Maya Angelou, January 20, 1993

"So, purposing each moment to retire,
She linger'd still. Meantime, across the moors,
Had come young Porphyro, with heart on fire"
— John Keats, The Eve of St. Agnes (January 20), IX

Top view of

Top view of
Hearts On Fire

Advertising Copy:

What you see with a Hearts On Fire diamond is an unequalled marriage of math and physics, resulting in the world's most perfectly cut diamond.


"Eightpointed symmetrical signs are ancient symbols for the Venus goddess or the planet Venus as either the Morning star or the Evening star."

"Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave.  Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame."
Song of Solomon

"The last words from the people in the towers and on the planes, over and over again, were 'I love you.'  Over and over again, the message was the same, 'I love you.' …. Perhaps this is the loudest chorus from The Rock:  we are learning just how powerful love really is, even in the face of death."
The Rev. Kenneth E. Kovacs

"Then I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again."
The Who 

See also my note, "Bright Star," of October 23, 2002.


Wednesday, August 28, 2002

Wednesday August 28, 2002

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:49 AM

Music of the Dark Lady

Two journal notes below deal with the general mythology of the Dark Lady.
This note, more personal, deals with a particular incarnation of this Lady
that certain songs from this 1981 album remind me of.

Waiting for a Girl Like You,


and especially Woman in Black:

She draws me in
But she teaches me well
I never need any explanation
From that woman in black
She’s a mystery
She’s everything a woman should be
Woman in black got a hold on me

For sample sound clips of the above, click here.

For a summary of the August 27 note below, see the quote from William Congreve on the cover of the September 2002 Vanity Fair magazine:

“There is in true beauty, as in courage,
somewhat which narrow souls
cannot dare to admire.”

Saturday, August 24, 2002

Saturday August 24, 2002

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:33 PM

Cruciatus in Crucem

From Battlefield Vacations, Edinburgh:

On the film “Braveheart” —

If you’ve ever wondered about what exactly “drawn and quartered” means, there’s a good demonstration at the end.

From my journal note of June 28, 2002:
Page 162 of the May 2002 issue of Vanity Fair Magazine —


Head White House speechwriter —

God’s Grandeur and Other Poems, by Gerard Manley Hopkins (Dover)

“In the last two weeks, I’ve been returning to Hopkins.  Even in the ‘world’s wildfire,” he asserts that

‘this Jack, joke, poor potsherd, patch, matchwood, immortal diamond,
Is immortal diamond.’

A comfort.”

“Cruciatus in crucem.”
— President Jed Bartlet, The West Wing  (Episode 2.22 , “Two Cathedrals,”
original airdate May 16, 2001, 9:00 PM EST)
For the Latin meaning of this phrase, see
Quarreling with God.
For the complete script of this episode, see
Two Cathedrals.
See also my journal note of August 3, 2002, “The Cruciatus Curse,” below.

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