See also Autistic Enchantment in this journal.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
A note at the end of an article on architecture historian
Christopher Gray in the current online New Yorker —
This article appears in other versions
of the April 10, 2017, issue, with
the headline “Dem Bones.”
"Defeated, you will rise to your feet as is said of Dry Bones .
These bones will rise again." — Agnes Martin, 1973
Accounting for Taste —
Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty at the Oscars:
Ben Affleck, star of "The Accountant," at the Oscars:
See also Prisoner + Bones in this journal.
Friday, July 15, 2016
Harvey D. Heinz, expert on magic squares, cubes,
tesseracts, etc., reportedly died at 82 on July 6, 2013.
In memoriam —
From the date of Nye's death:
From Nye's book:
From the date of Heinz's death:
* See also a search for the title in this journal.
Sunday, June 14, 2015
( Continued )
The New York Times this morning, in an
"… the first known crossword puzzle appeared in
See St. Nicholas magazine, November 1874, p. 59 :
On that same date …
The Seattle Times , Feb. 8, 2015, updated Feb. 12—
"… you begin by filling in the missing words
Dice, yAhtzee, woN, yahTzee, twicE;
The capital letters help to show what comes next,
You take the first letter of the first inserted word,
See also two other dates, June 3, 2015, and June 10, 2015,
in this journal and in the life of the puzzle author.
The date of the puzzle's answer, Feb. 8, 2015, is also
not without interest.
“Click on fanciful .”
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
From The Daily Princetonian on May 29, 2015:
"… well, isn’t that what Reunions is all about?
"Try to remember the kind of September …."
From this journal on May 29, 2015:
The Dark Horse Rises
Friday, May 29, 2015
Friday, October 10, 2014
(Continued from Sept. 3, 2009)
George Steiner on chess:
“At the sight of a set, even the tawdriest of plastic pocket sets,
one’s fingers arch and a coldness as in a light sleep steals over
one’s spine. Not for gain, not for knowledge or reknown, but
in some autistic enchantment, pure as one of Bach’s inverted
canons or Euler’s formula for polyhedra.”
A related remark from Dudeney:
See also a different context for 16 squares and 322,560 arrangements.
Sunday, April 8, 2012
See George Steiner on Autistic Enchantment, as well as…
(Click images for further details.)
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
… on Friday, October 30, 2009 ………
(known to some as “Devil’s Night”)………
according to The New York Times…
An instance of the latter (from Feb. 15, 2008):
“Many dreams have been
brought to your doorstep.
They just lie there
and they die there.”
Associated Press –
Feb. 15, 2008
Today in History –
Thought for Today:
disenchantment with truth.”
Postscript of Nov. 3, 2009:
For more confusion, see
the works of Claude Levi-Strauss.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
“Music and mathematics are among the pre-eminent wonders of the race. Levi-Strauss sees in the invention of melody ‘a key to the supreme mystery’ of man– a clue, could we but follow it, to the singular structure and genius of the species. The power of mathematics to devise actions for reasons as subtle, witty, manifold as any offered by sensory experience and to move forward in an endless unfolding of self-creating life is one of the strange, deep marks man leaves on the world. Chess, on the other hand, is a game in which thirty-two bits of ivory, horn, wood, metal, or (in stalags) sawdust stuck together with shoe polish, are pushed around on sixty-four alternately coloured squares. To the addict, such a description is blasphemy. The origins of chess are shrouded in mists of controversy, but unquestionably this very ancient, trivial pastime has seemed to many exceptionally intelligent human beings of many races and centuries to constitute a reality, a focus for the emotions, as substantial as, often more substantial than, reality itself. Cards can come to mean the same absolute. But their magnetism is impure. A mania for whist or poker hooks into the obvious, universal magic of money. The financial element in chess, where it exists at all, has always been small or accidental.
To a true chess player, the pushing about of thirty-two counters on 8×8 squares is an end in itself, a whole world next to which that of a mere biological or political or social life seems messy, stale, and contingent. Even the patzer, the wretched amateur who charges out with his knight pawn when the opponent’s bishop decamps to R4, feels this daemonic spell. There are siren moments when quite normal creatures otherwise engaged, men such as Lenin and myself, feel like giving up everything– marriage, mortgages, careers, the Russian Revolution– in order to spend their days and nights moving little carved objects up and down a quadrate board. At the sight of a set, even the tawdriest of plastic pocket sets, one’s fingers arch and a coldness as in a light sleep steals over one’s spine. Not for gain, not for knowledge or reknown, but in some autistic enchantment, pure as one of Bach’s inverted canons or Euler’s formula for polyhedra.”“Examples are the stained-glass windows of knowledge.” —Nabokov
Saturday, April 4, 2009
"… in some autistic enchantment, pure as one of Bach's inverted canons or Euler's formula for polyhedra."
— George Steiner, "A Death of Kings," in The New Yorker, issue dated Sept. 7, 1968
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
“Music, mathematics, and chess are in vital respects dynamic acts of location. Symbolic counters are arranged in significant rows. Solutions, be they of a discord, of an algebraic equation, or of a positional impasse, are achieved by a regrouping, by a sequential reordering of individual units and unit-clusters (notes, integers, rooks or pawns). The child-master, like his adult counterpart, is able to visualize in an instantaneous yet preternaturally confident way how the thing should look several moves hence. He sees the logical, the necessary harmonic and melodic argument as it arises out of an initial key relation or the preliminary fragments of a theme. He knows the order, the appropriate dimension, of the sum or geometric figure before he has performed the intervening steps. He announces mate in six because the victorious end position, the maximally efficient configuration of his pieces on the board, lies somehow ‘out there’ in graphic, inexplicably clear sight of his mind….”
“… in some autistic enchantment, pure as one of Bach’s inverted canons or Euler’s formula for polyhedra.”
— George Steiner, “A Death of Kings,” in The New Yorker, issue dated Sept. 7, 1968
“Classrooms are filled with discussions not of the Bible and Jesus but of 10 ‘core values’– perseverance and curiosity, for instance– that are woven into the curriculum.”
— “Secular Education, Catholic Values,” by Javier C. Hernandez, The New York Times, Sunday, March 8, 2009
— Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep
The Chandler quotation appears in “Language Game,” an entry in this journal on April 7, 2008.
Some say the “Language Game” date, April 7, is the true date (fixed, permanent) of the Crucifixion– by analogy, Eliot’s “still point” and Jung’s “centre.” (See yesterday, noon.)