Saturday, October 12, 2019

Night at the Museum

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 AM

Being There, by Jerzy Kosinski

Friday, June 1, 2018

The Agent

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

From a 2003 obituary of author Neil Postman —

"In Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse
in the Age of Show Business
 (Viking, 1985; Penguin, 1986),
he indicted the television industry on the charge of making
entertainment out of the world's most serious problems.
The book was translated into eight languages and sold
200,000 copies worldwide, according to N.Y.U."

Postman reportedly died on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2003.

Log24 on that date —

Art Theory for Yom Kippur and Ado.

See also today's obituary reporting the May 21 death of Postman's
erstwhile agent Elaine Markson.

This  journal on May 21, in a post titled "Crux" —

"Chance became tied to the liberties
of U.S. democracy, whereas its eradication
or denial became symptomatic of Soviet tyranny."

Google Books description of No Accident, Comrade:
Chance and Design in Cold War American Narrative
by Steven Belletto, Oxford U. Press (first published
in hardcover on Dec. 28, 2011

Midrash —

Being There, by Jerzy Kosinski

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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Sunday September 21, 2008

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:56 PM
A Tale

“… told by an idiot,
full of sound and fury,

 signifying nothing”    

— Quoted here Sept. 14

We’ve got to get ourselves
  back to the garden.”         

— Quoted here Sept. 10

Being There, by Jerzy Kosinski

“The woman introduced herself. ‘I am Mrs. Benjamin Rand. I am called EE by my friends, from my Christian names, Elizabeth Eve.’

‘EE,’ Chance repeated gravely.

‘EE,’ said the lady, amused.

Chance recalled that in similar situations men on TV introduced themselves. ‘I am Chance,’ he stuttered and, when this didn’t seem to be enough, added, ‘the gardener.'”

— Jerzy Kosinski, Being There

Related material:

“Heidegger’s philosophy of Dasein, his model of the ego, reminds me of… the ancient temple of Jerusalem…. in the innermost chamber, the holy of holies, the room was completely empty. The essence of Dasein, similarly, is nothingness, a fact that it tries to hide by assuming the trappings of existence.”

— Heinz Pagels,
   The Dreams of Reason

“Nothing is the great mystery. It cannot be described. Words can try to touch it. Zen may be such a word and Tao, Christ, Allah, Buddha, and others. There is a word called ‘God.'”

— Janwillem van de Wetering,
   A Glimpse of Nothingness

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