Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Howl (continued)

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See the Telegraph  obituary of Jim Hall
and a post on Charlie Christian (and others).

The inclusion of D. H. Lawrence in that post
suggests a review of posts tagged Howl.

"The werewolves are here to save us."
— Simon in "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones."

Saturday, September 7, 2013


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For Warren Zevon, who died ten years ago today —


Sunday, August 8, 2010


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"I have seen the worst minds
Of my generation
Advanced upwards
To become the most powerful influence."
—  Duane Locke

Monday, August 1, 2016

Strange Love

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Review of "Criminal," a recent Tommy Lee Jones film:

"The only problem is that the procedure requires
a certain type of mind, the mind of a psychopath."

Skip Hollandsworth in Texas Monthly, Feb. 2006,
discussing an interview wtih Texas actor Jones, mentions 

"Jones’ strangely mesmerizing performance as
a vicious psychopath who hijacks a battleship."

A sample of that performance suitable for Manic Monday —

"You have to reconsider your entire philosophy."

— Tommy Lee Jones in "Under Siege"

The New York Times Book Review  yesterday advertised 
such a reconsideration, for sale by a Smith College Buddhist —

(Click image to enlarge.)

For your consideration —

"And there’s a lot of humor in the collision between Easter [sic ]
mysticism and Western scientific, sort of logical binary."

— Benedict Cumberbatch on his new film "Doctor Strange."

Lead-balloon humor:

"Funny, you don't look  Buddhist."

Jay L. Garfield

Monday, December 7, 2015

Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter

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For the title, see The New York Times  and the oeuvre  of Joseph Kosuth.

From The Dreaming Jewels , by Theodore Sturgeon:

"Oh. And the crystals make things — even complete things — like Tin Pan Alley makes songs."

"Something like it." Zena smiled. It was the first smile in a long while. "Sit down, honey; I'll bring the toast. Now — this is my guess — when two crystals mate, something different happens. They make a whole thing. But they don't make it from just anything the way the single crystals do. First they seem to die together. For weeks they lie like that. After that they begin a together-dream. They find something near them that's alive, and they make it over. They replace it, cell by cell. You can't see the change going on in the thing they're replacing. It might be a dog; the dog will keep on eating and running around; it will howl at the moon and chase cats. But one day — I don't know how long it takes — it will be completely replaced, every bit of it."

"Then what?"

"Then it can change itself — if it ever thinks of changing itself. It can be almost anything if it wants to be."

Bunny stopped chewing, thought, swallowed, and asked, "Change how?"

"Oh, it could get bigger or smaller. Grow more limbs. Go into a funny shape — thin and flat, or round like a ball. If it's hurt it can grow new limbs. And it could do things with thought that we can't even imagine. Bunny, did you ever read about werewolves?"

"Those nasty things that change from wolves to men and back again?"

Zena sipped coffee. "Mmm. Well, those are mostly legends, but they could have started when someone saw a change like that."

See as well The Dreaming Jewels 
and "Steven Universe" in this journal.

You can't make this stuff up.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Roll Credits

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See also Howl in this journal.

Related material from a June 22, 2013, post

Kitty in Uncanny X-Men #168 (April 1983)

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Sleep Tale

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For the late Carolyn Cassady, once a wife of Neal Cassady
(Dean Moriarty of Jack Kerouac's classic novel On the Road ).
She reportedly died at 90 in England on Friday, September 20,

From a post in this journal on the night of September 20-21,
with waning Harvest Moon:

Click on "Aooo" for some related posts, tagged "Howl."

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Mathematics and Narrative (continued)

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A review of posts from earlier this month —

Wednesday, September 4, 2013


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Unexpected connections between areas of mathematics
previously thought to be unrelated are sometimes referred
to as "moonshine."  An example—  the apparent connections
between parts of complex analysis and groups related to the
large Mathieu group M24. Some recent work on such apparent
connections, by Anne Taormina and Katrin Wendland, among
others (for instance, Miranda C.N. Cheng and John F.R. Duncan),
involves structures related to Kummer surfaces .
In a classic book, Kummer's Quartic Surface  (1905),
R.W.H.T. Hudson pictured a set of 140 structures, the 80
Rosenhain tetrads and the 60 Göpel tetrads, as 4-element
subsets of a 16-element 4×4 array.  It turns out that these
140 structures are the planes of the finite affine geometry
AG(4,2) of four dimensions over the two-element Galois field.
(See Diamond Theory in 1937.)

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Moonshine II

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(Continued from yesterday)

The foreword by Wolf Barth in the 1990 Cambridge U. Press
reissue of Hudson's 1905 classic Kummer's Quartic Surface
covers some of the material in yesterday's post Moonshine.

The distinction that Barth described in 1990 was also described, and illustrated,
in my 1986 note "Picturing the smallest projective 3-space."  The affine 4-space
over the the finite Galois field GF(2) that Barth describes was earlier described—
within a 4×4 array like that pictured by Hudson in 1905— in a 1979 American
Mathematical Society abstract, "Symmetry invariance in a diamond ring."

"The distinction between Rosenhain and Goepel tetrads
is nothing but the distinction between isotropic and
non-isotropic planes in this affine space over the finite field."

The 1990 paragraph of Barth quoted above may be viewed as a summary
of these facts, and also of my March 17, 2013, note "Rosenhain and Göpel
Tetrads in PG(3,2)



Happy birthday to Stephen King.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Structure and Character

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(Continued from May 4, 2013)

"I saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand
Walking through the streets of Soho in the rain"

Warren Zevon

"It is well
That London, lair of sudden
Male and female darknesses,
Has broken her spell."

— D. H. Lawrence in a poem on a London blackout
during a bombing raid in 1917. See also today's previous
posts, Down Under and Howl.

Backstory— Recall, from history's nightmare on this date,
the Battle of Borodino and the second  London Blitz.

Down Under

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"If I am to have a meeting it shall be down,
down in the invisible,
and the moment I re-emerge
it shall be alone.
In the visible world I am alone, an isolate instance.
My meeting is in the underworld, the dark."

— D. H. Lawrence, Kangaroo , Chapter 7,
   "The Battle of Tongues."

The web edition of this book says it was
"Last updated Tuesday,  June 18, 2013."

This was also the publication date of Max Barry's
2013 novel Lexicon . (See that date in this journal.)

Friday, September 6, 2013


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"A vast space that travels down to the bedrock
upon which the towers were built, the museum
winds its way deeper and deeper underground,
taking visitors on a journey to the very bottom."

— The Associated Press in
this evening's Washington Post

This suggests a review of a different sort of

IMAGE- Right 3-4-5 triangle with squares on sides and hypotenuse as base

"If you have built castles in the air, 
your work need not be lost;
that is where they should be.
Now put the foundations under them.”

— Henry David Thoreau


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"Born of blood and tribulation" 
Gangs of New York

"Oblivion is not to be hired: The greater part must be content
to be as though they had not been, to be found in the Register
of God, not in the record of man."

— Sir Thomas Browne

The part of the above quotation preceding the first comma may be
found, among other places, in a New York Times  piece published
online on August 7, 2012. See also this  journal on that date.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

An Effective Team:

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Underworld and Evolution

This journal on 9/11, 2009 —

Cover of 'Underworld,' by Don DeLillo, First Edition, Advance Reader's Copy, 1997

Poster for Kate Beckinsale in a film
released on 9/11, 2009 —

For Qohen Leth — A quotation from
this journal on 9/11, 2009 — 

"Time and chance
happeneth to them all."
— Ecclesiastes  9:11  

Kernel and Glow

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"The yarns of seamen have a direct simplicity, the whole meaning
of which lies within the shell of a cracked nut. But Marlow was not
typical (if his propensity to spin yarns be excepted), and to him the
meaning of an episode was not inside like a kernel but outside,
enveloping the tale which brought it out only as a glow brings out a
haze, in the likeness of one of these misty halos that sometimes
are made visible by the spectral illumination of moonshine."

— Joseph Conrad in Heart of Darkness

Kernel — See Nocciolo.

Glow — See Moonshine and Moonshine II.

See also Cold Open (Jan. 29, 2011) and
Where Entertainment is God (Aug. 25, 2013).

Monday, October 24, 2011

The Lottery of Babalu

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Last evening's New York Lottery numbers were 123 and 5597.

The 123 suggests page  123 of DeLillo's Underworld .

(For some context, see searches in this journal for Los Muertos  and for Pearly Gates of Cyberspace .)

The 5597 suggests the birth date of literary theorist Kenneth Burke— May 5, 1897.

These two topics—

  • the afterlife (in the Latin-American rhythms context of yesterday's Shine On, Edmundo)
  • and Kenneth Burke

are combined in Heaven's Gate, a post from April 11, 2003—

Babylon = Bab-ilu, “gate of God,” Hebrew: Babel or Bavel.”

Modern rendition
of “Bab-ilu


The above observations on lottery hermeneutics, on a ridiculously bad translation, and on Latin rhythms did not seem worth recording until…

The New York Times Book Review  for Sunday, October 30, arrived this morning.

From page 22, an extract from the opening paragraph of a review titled…

Making Sense of It

David Bellos offers a new approach to translation.


The theory of translation is very rarely— how to put this?— comical. Its mode is elegy, and severe admonishment…. You can never, so runs the elegiac argument, precisely reproduce a line of poetry in another language…. And this elegiac argument has its elegiac myth: the Tower of Babel, where the world's multiplicity of languages is seen as mankind's punishment—  condemned to the howlers, the faux amis , the foreign menu apps. Whereas the ideal linguistic state would be the lost universal language of Eden.

See also Saturday's Edenville.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Friday May 19, 2006

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Peter Viereck

August 5, 1916 – May 13, 2006

The Great Bartender
by Peter Viereck (1948)

Being absurd as well as beautiful,
Magic– like art– is hoax redeemed by awe.
(Not priest but clown,
     the shuddering sorcerer
Is more astounded than
     his rapt applauders:
“Then all those props and Easters
     of my stage
Came true?  But I was joking all the time!”)
Art, being bartender, is never drunk;
And magic that believes itself, must die.
My star was rocket of my unbelief,
Launched heavenward as
     all doubt’s longings are;
     It burst when, drunk with self-belief,
I tried to be its priest and shouted upward:
“Answers at last!  If you’ll but hint
     the answers
For which earth aches, that famous
     Whence and Whither;
Assuage our howling Why? with final fact.”

— As quoted in The Practical Cogitator,
   or The Thinker’s Anthology
   Selected and Edited by
   Charles P. Curtis, Jr., and
   Ferris Greenslet,
   Third Edition, Revised and Enlarged,
   With a new Introduction by
   John H. Finley, Jr.,
   Houghton Mifflin Company,
   Boston, 1962

The dates of Viereck’s birth and death are according to this morning’s New York Times.

Related material:

Five Log24 entries
ending May 13,
 the date of Viereck’s death.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Friday January 27, 2006

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Mozart, 2006

Mozart, 1935

Poet, be seated at the piano.
Play the present, its hoo-hoo-hoo,
Its shoo-shoo-shoo, its ric-a-nic,
Its envious cachinnation.

If they throw stones upon the roof
While you practice arpeggios,
It is because they carry down the stairs
A body in rags.
Be seated at the piano.

That lucid souvenir of the past,
The divertimento;
That airy dream of the future,
The unclouded concerto . . .
The snow is falling.
Strike the piercing chord.

Be thou the voice,
Not you. Be thou, be thou
The voice of angry fear,
The voice of this besieging pain.

Be thou that wintry sound
As of the great wind howling,
By which sorrow is released,
Dismissed, absolved
In a starry placating.

We may return to Mozart.
He was young, and we, we are old.
The snow is falling
And the streets are full of cries.
Be seated, thou.

— Wallace Stevens, Ideas of Order (1936)

From the center:

“‘Mozart, 1935’ immediately discloses a will to counter complaints of pure poetry, to refute that charge heard regularly from Stevens’s critics, to find ‘his particular celebration out of tune today’ on his own if necessary; and, in short, to meet the communist [poet and critic Willard] Maas’s ‘respect for his magnificent rhetoric’ at least halfway across from right to left.”

— Alan Filreis, Modernism from Right to Left: Wallace Stevens, the Thirties, and Literary Radicalism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994), p. 211

From the left:

Norman Lebrecht on this year’s celebration of the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth (January 27, 1756):

   “… Mozart, it is safe to say, failed to take music one step forward….
   … Mozart merely filled the space between staves with chords that he knew would gratify a pampered audience. He was a provider of easy listening, a progenitor of Muzak….
   …  He lacked the rage of justice that pushed Beethoven into isolation, or any urge to change the world. Mozart wrote a little night music for the ancien regime. He was not so much reactionary as regressive….
   … Little in such a mediocre life gives cause for celebration….
   … The bandwaggon of Mozart commemorations was invented by the Nazis in 1941….
   …  In this orgy of simple-mindedness, the concurrent centenary of Dmitri Shostakovich– a composer of true courage and historical significance– is being shunted to the sidelines, celebrated by the few.
    Mozart is a menace to musical progress, a relic of rituals that were losing relevance in his own time and are meaningless to ours. Beyond a superficial beauty and structural certainty, Mozart has nothing to give to mind or spirit in the 21st century. Let him rest. Ignore the commercial onslaught. Play the Leningrad Symphony. Listen to music that matters.”
The left seems little changed since 1935.

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