Saturday, July 22, 2017

Comic Con

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 9:00 PM

From The Hollywood Reporter  today

" Jeremy Irons' dry Alfred Pennyworth:
'One misses the days when one's biggest concerns
were exploding wind-up penguins.' "

See as well the today's 9 AM (ET) post and

The author —

A Circle of Influence

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 9:00 AM

In memory of Doris Lessing and Clancy Sigal

". . . along with [R. D.] Laing they formed 'a circle
of almost incestuous mutual influence
. . . ."

— Sam Roberts, The New York Times , July 21 obituary of Sigal

"Thus I would wish to emphasize that
our 'normal' 'adjusted' state is too often
the abdication of ecstasy,
the betrayal of our true potentialities,
that many of us are only too successful
in acquiring a false self
to adapt to false realities.

But let it stand.
This was the work of an old young man.
If I am older, I am now also younger."

— R. D. Laing, London, September 1964,
preface to the Pelican edition of 
The Divided Self: An Existential Study
in Sanity and Madness  
(Penguin Books, 1965)

"My Back Pages," by Bob Dylan, Verse 3 —

Girls’ faces formed the forward path
From phony jealousy
To memorizing politics
Of ancient history
Flung down by corpse evangelists
Un-thought of, though, somehow

Ah, but I was so much older then
I’m younger than that now

— From an album released August 8, 1964

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Sunday School

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 9:00 AM

A less metaphysical approach to a "pre-form" —

From Wallace Stevens, "The Man with the Blue Guitar":


And the color, the overcast blue
Of the air, in which the blue guitar
Is a form, described but difficult,
And I am merely a shadow hunched
Above the arrowy, still strings,
The maker of a thing yet to be made . . . .

"Arrowy, still strings" from the diamond theorem

See also "preforming" and the blue guitar
in a post of May 19, 2010.

Update of 7:11 PM ET:
More generally, see posts tagged May 19 Gestalt.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Meet the Fitzgeralds

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Contrapuntal Interweaving

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The title is a phrase from R. D. Laing's book The Politics of Experience .
(Published in the psychedelic year 1967. The later "contrapuntal interweaving"
below is of a less psychedelic nature.)

An illustration of the "interweaving' part of the title —
The "deep structure" of the diamond theorem:

IMAGE- A symplectic structure -- i.e. a structure that is symplectic (meaning plaited or woven).

The word "symplectic" from the end of last Sunday's (Oct. 11) sermon
describes the "interwoven" nature of the above illustration.

An illustration of the "contrapuntal" part of the title (click to enlarge):


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Metaphysics for Sunday

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 8:00 AM

From Chapter 1 of R. D. Laing's The Politics of Experience —

"An activity has to be understood in terms of the experience
from which it emerges. These arabesques that mysteriously
embody mathematical truths only glimpsed by a very few —
how beautiful, how exquisite — no matter that they were
the threshing and thrashing of a drowning man.

We are here beyond all questions except those of being
and nonbeing, incarnation, birth, life and death.

Creation ex nihilo  has been pronounced impossible even for
God. But we are concerned with miracles. We must hear the
music of those Braque guitars (Lorca*)."

See also Christmas Day, 2009.

*  Update of Sunday afternoon: A search for the Lorca quote yields
   no result, but Cocteau wrote that "Mon rêve, en musique, serait
   d'entendre la musique des guitares de Picasso. "
   (Oeuvres complètes , Vol. 10, p. 107)

   See also Stevens + "Blue Guitar" in this journal.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Wednesday December 13, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 9:29 AM

 Best Wishes for a
C. S. Lewis


 C.S. Lewis

Image of Lewis from
Into the Wardrobe

What on earth
  is a concrete

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

For one approach to an answer, click on the picture at left.

Update of 4:23 PM:

The Lewis link above deals with the separation of Heaven from Hell.  The emphasis is on Heaven.  A mysterious visitor to this website, “United States,” seems to be seeking equal time for Hell.  And so…


Based on Xanga footprints of Dec. 13, 2006
from m759’s site-visitor “United States”
(possibly a robot; if so, a robot with strange tastes).

TIME OF     DATE OF             PAGE VISITED   

1217 040520  Parable
1218 060606  The Omen
1220 051205  Don’t Know Much About History
1225 030822  Mr. Holland’s Week (And in Three Days…)
1233 030114  Remarks on Day 14 (What is Truth?)
1238 040818  Train of Thought (Oh, My Lolita)
1244 020929  Angel Night (Ellis Larkins)
1249 040715  Identity Crisis (Bourne and Treadstone)
1252 050322  Make a Differance (Lacan, Derrida, Reba)
1255 050221  Quarter to Three on Night of HST’s death
1256 040408  Triple Crown on Holy Thursday
1258 040714  Welcome to Mr. Motley’s Neighborhood
1258 030221  All About Lilith
0103 040808  Quartet (for Alexander Hammid)
0104 030106  Dead Poet in the City of Angels
0109 030914  Skewed Mirrors (Readings on Aesthetics)
0110 050126  A Theorem in Musical Form
0125 021007  Music for R. D. Laing
0138 020806  Butterflies & Popes (Transfiguration)
0140 060606  The Omen (again)
0156 030313  ART WARS: Perennial Tutti-Frutti
0202 030112  Ask Not (A Bee Gees Requiem)
0202 050527  Drama of the Diagonal, Part Deux
0202 060514  STAR WARS continued (Eclipse and Venus)
0207 030112  Ask Not (again… Victory of the Goddess)
0207 030221  All About Lilith (again… Roll credits.)

“How much story do you want?”
— George Balanchine

Monday, October 7, 2002

Monday October 7, 2002

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 3:50 AM

Music for R.D. Laing

In honor of the birth in Scotland on this date in 1927 of R. D. Laing, author of The Facts of Life, this site's music is today taken from the classic film "The Piano."


From the 1991 4th draft of Jane Campion's screenplay for
"The Piano":

               Tell me about my real father.

ADA nods and strokes FLORA's hair from her face. FLORA leans back.

               How did you speak to him?

ADA signs to FLORA who watches in love with all the stories of her mother and unreal father.

                         ADA (subtitled)
               I didn't need to speak, I could
               lay thoughts out in his mind
               like they were a sheet

               What happened? Why didn't you
               get married?

ADA continues to sign, her hands casting odd animal-like shadows on the newspapered walls.

                         ADA cont.
               After a while he became
               frightened and he stopped

               She has spoken to me. I heard
               her voice. There was no sound,
               but I heard it here (he presses
               his forehead with a palm of his
               hand). Her voice was there in
               my head. I watched her lips,
               they did not make the words,
               yet the harder I listened the
               clearer I heard her, as clear
               as I hear you, as clear as I
               hear my own voice.

               (trying to understand)
               Spoken words?

               No, but her words are in my
               head. (He looks at BAINES and
               pauses.) I know what you think,
               that it's a trick, that I'm
               making it up. No, the words I
               heard were her words.

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