Monday, June 29, 2020

The De Palma Balcony

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 1:44 AM

The Demolished Man  was a novel that had fascinated De Palma
since the late 1950s and appealed to his background in mathematics
and avant-garde storytelling. Its unconventional unfolding of plot
(exemplified in its mathematical layout of dialogue) and its stress on
perception have analogs in De Palma’s filmmaking.”  — Wikipedia

This, together with the Cuernavaca balcony in Deschooling MIT, is
perhaps enough of a clue for mystified theologians on St. Peter’s Day.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Here’s to Long Takes and Slow Zooms

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:47 PM

See also Balcony in this  journal.

Friday, December 4, 2020

Here’s to Efficient Packing!

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 4:19 PM

“Rock music from car . . .” 


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Actress Descending a Staircase

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 3:25 AM

The above title was suggested by a scene in Body Double  (1984) . . .

Variations, starring Theresa Russell, on related themes —

The De Palma Balcony in Body Double , and “ready for my closeup” —

“Bing bang, I heard the whole gang!”

Summary — 

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Deschooling* M.I.T.

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 1:29 PM

New York Times  opinion yesterday from a professor at M.I.T.

* For some background on Deschooling, see (for instance) . . .

Monday, June 6, 2005

Monday June 6, 2005

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:35 AM

Mot Juste?

From today’s New York Times, on the effort of Paris to be chosen as the host of the 2012 Olympics:

“‘To have the games would bring a little fun, as you say, a breath of fresh air,’ said Benoît Génuini, president of the French operation of Accenture, a global consulting company, on a balcony of the Louvre last week during an event to highlight the city’s cultural attractions as an Olympic host. He remarked that the country was morose and that the city itself had become a sort of museum. ‘The games would put Paris back in the saddle and lead it into the 21st century,’ he said, ‘get it out of its stupor.'”

Attributed to Dominique de Villepin, the new Prime Minister of France: words about his book on poetry–

“It tries to penetrate the heart of the poetic ferment, this secret place where words are made and unmade, where language is fashioned.”
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Villepin (l.) with President Chirac

Thursday, April 1, 2004

Thursday April 1, 2004

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

Poetry Month:

Stevens as a Riviera Presbyterian

He never supposed
That he might be truth, himself, or part of it,
That the things that he rejected might be part
And the irregular turquoise, part, the perceptible blue
Grown denser, part, the eye so touched, so played
Upon by clouds, the ear so magnified
By thunder, parts, and all these things together,
Parts, and more things, parts. He never supposed divine
Things might not look divine, nor that if nothing
Was divine then all things were, the world itself,
And that if nothing was the the truth, then all
Things were the truth, the world itself was the truth.

Had he been better able to suppose:
He might sit on a sofa on a balcony
Above the Mediterranean, emerald
Becoming emeralds. He might watch the palms
Flap green ears in the heat. He might observe
A yellow wine and follow a steamer’s track
And say, “The thing I hum appears to be
The rhythm of this celestial pantomime.”

— from Wallace Stevens, “Landscape with Boat”

(See the previous entry, which mentions Stevens and Jeffers as poets with a Presbyterian background, and also an essay by Justin Quinn that compares Stevens with Jeffers in the context of the poem quoted above.)

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