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Thursday, June 6, 2019

The News from Storyville

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Update of 11:16 PM ET —

Friday, October 20, 2017

Heart of the Monkey God

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In Memoriam

"Renowned Canadian theologian Gregory Baum, 94,
author of the first draft of the Second Vatican Council's
'Nostra Aetate,' died Oct. 18 in a Montreal hospital."

National Catholic Reporter , Oct. 20, 2017

October 18 was St. Luke's Day. 

From the Log24 post "Prose" on that date

"Mister Monkey . . . . is also Hanuman, the Hindu monkey god . . . ."
— Cathleeen Schine in an online October 17 NY Times  review.

From the novel under review —

"Only the heart of the monkey god is large enough
to contain the hearts and souls of all the monkeys,
all the humans, the gods, every shining thread
that connects them."

— Francine Prose, Mister Monkey: A Novel  (p. 263).
     HarperCollins. Kindle Edition. 

See as well all posts now tagged Prose Monkey.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

9 PM New Year’s Day

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See "Four Gods" in this journal.

Phaedrus  265b "And we made four divisions
of the divine madness, ascribing them to four gods . . . ."

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Nothing New

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"Confusion is nothing new." — Cyndi Lauper

Friday, October 24, 2014

New Key

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See Langer (Harvard U. Press, Third Edition, Jan. 31, 1957, pp. 3-4-5).

See also Old Key : Pythagoras, harmony, and the 3-4-5 triangle.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Photo Opportunity

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:06 AM

A post for those who, like Paul Simon,
fear and loathe cartoon graveyards 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/06/obituaries/
rudolf-von-ribbentrop-dead.html

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Strange Dots

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(Continued)

Friday, October 20, 2017

Punch Lines

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From a post last month

"You're gonna need a bigger boat."
— Roy Scheider in "Jaws"

"We're gonna need more holy water."
— "Season of the Witch" 

… and for Tom HanksDan Brown, and Francine Prose —

"You're gonna need more typewriters!"

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Prose (continued from yesterday)

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"While Prose's adult works have touched on various subjects,
her fiction for children, which she began writing in earnest
in the mid-1990s, all has a basis in Jewish folklore."

»  Read more.

Aficionados of what Dan Brown has called "symbology"
can read about the above right-chevrons symbol in
Fast Forward, a post of November 21, 2010.

And Howe

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The Harvard Crimson , Feb. 28, 2017

Cambridge City Councillors formally requested that the Cambridge
Historical Commission consider designating the Abbott Building in
Harvard Square as a historical landmark at its weekly meeting Monday.
. . . .

“There are only a few gems that give the really Square character.”
Councillor Dennis J. Carlone said. “And in the heart of the square,
it’s this building.”

See as well the cover of
The Monkey Grammarian ,
a book by Octavio Paz —

A related NPR book review yesterday —

"Like Curious George , another vaguely imperialist children's classic —
which Prose refers to frequently — the simian hero of Mister Monkey 
gets into trouble in his new urban environment." 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Prose

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New York Times  review  of a new novel by Francine Prose —

"Mister Monkey . . . . is also Hanuman, the Hindu monkey god . . . ."
— Cathleeen Schine in in the above October 17 review.

A related book

See as well The Monkey Grammarian  in this  journal.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

National Comedy

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From a search in this journal for "More Holy Water" —

A post of January 7, 2011, has the following:

"Infinite Jest… now stands as the principal contender
for what serious literature can aspire to
in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries."

— All Things Shining, a work of pop philosophy
published January 4th

http://www.log24.com/log/pix10B/101231-AllThingsShining-Cover.jpg

"You're gonna need a bigger boat."
— Roy Scheider in "Jaws"

"We're gonna need more holy water."
— "Season of the Witch" 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

The Unhurried Curve

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From today's previous post

"The unhurried curve got me. 
It was like the horizon of a world
that made a non-world of
all of the space outside it."

— Peter Schjeldahl, "Postscript: Ellsworth Kelly,"
The New Yorker , December 30, 2015

Related figures —

Art critic Robert Hughes in "The Space of Horizons,"
a Log24 post of August 7, 2012:

Religion writer Huston Smith, who reportedly died
on December 30, 2016:

Like the Horizon

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 1:00 PM

(Continued from a remark by art critic Peter Schjeldahl quoted here
last  year on New Year's Day in the post "Art as Religion.")

"The unhurried curve got me. 
It was like the horizon of a world
that made a non-world of
all of the space outside it."

— Peter Schjeldahl, "Postscript: Ellsworth Kelly,"
The New Yorker , December 30, 2015

This suggests some further material from the paper 
that was quoted here yesterday on New Year's Eve —

"In teaching a course on combinatorics I have found
students doubting the existence of a finite projective
plane geometry with thirteen points on the grounds
that they could not draw it (with 'straight' lines)
on paper although they had tried to do so. Such a
lack of appreciation of the spirit of the subject is but
a consequence of the elements of formal geometry
no longer being taught in undergraduate courses.
Yet these students were demanding the best proof of
existence, namely, production of the object described."

— Derrick Breach (See his obituary from 1996.)

A related illustration of the 13-point projective plane 
from the University of Western Australia:

Projective plane of order 3

(The four points on the curve
at the right of the image are
the points on the line at infinity .)

The above image is from a post of August 7, 2012,
"The Space of Horizons."  A related image — 

Click on the above image for further remarks.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Articulation

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Notes for a monkey grammarian

"Visual forms— lines, colors, proportions, etc.—
are just as capable of articulation ,
i.e. of complex combination, as words.
But the laws that govern this sort of articulation
are altogether different from the laws of syntax
that govern language. The most radical difference
is that visual forms are not discursive .
They do not present their constituents successively,
but simultaneously, so the relations determining
a visual structure are grasped in one act of vision."

— Susanne K. LangerPhilosophy in a New Key

See also Langer's New Key in this journal.

Related material —

Monday, June 20, 2016

Shema, Salinger

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:00 PM

"I've got a brand-new pair of roller skates "

Melanie, 1971

Related material —  Salinger in the Park and
                                 Philosophy in a New Key.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Tonic

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:00 PM

Related posts:
New Key and The Well-Tempered Monolith.

Hold the gin.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sunday School

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In memory of Joan Rivers

Heaven's Gate

This post was suggested by the previous post's quote

"the subject’s desires are scripted and orchestrated
by an unconscious fundamental fantasy,"

and by one of my favorite musical fantasies:

Melanie – Brand New Key ('71) .

Academics may prefer the following —

Susanne K. Langer,'Philosophy in a New Key'

Monday, August 11, 2014

Syntactic/Symplectic

(Continued from August 9, 2014.)

Syntactic:

Symplectic:

"Visual forms— lines, colors, proportions, etc.— are just as capable of
articulation , i.e. of complex combination, as words. But the laws that govern
this sort of articulation are altogether different from the laws of syntax that
govern language. The most radical difference is that visual forms are not
discursive 
. They do not present their constituents successively, but
simultaneously, so the relations determining a visual structure are grasped
in one act of vision."

– Susanne K. LangerPhilosophy in a New Key

For examples, see The Diamond-Theorem Correlation
in Rosenhain and Göpel Tetrads in PG(3,2).

This is a symplectic  correlation,* constructed using the following
visual structure:

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

* Defined in (for instance) Paul B. Yale, Geometry and Symmetry ,
Holden-Day, 1968, sections 6.9 and 6.10.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Finding a Form

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In "Contact," Dr. Arroway  is shown the key to the Primer

In this journal, fictional symbologist Robert Langdon is shown a cube

Symbologist Robert Langdon views a corner of Solomon's Cube

"Confusion is nothing new." — Song lyric

Monday, November 22, 2010

Backstory

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Steve Martin's new novel An Object of Beauty  will be released tomorrow.

"The most charmingly rendered female schemer since Truman Capote's Holly Golightly."
Elle  magazine

"Martin compresses the wild and crazy end of the millennium
 and finds in this piercing novel a sardonic morality tale….
 Exposes the sound and fury of the rarified Manhattan art world."
Publishers Weekly

"Like Steve Martin's Shopgirl , this very different novel will captivate your attention from start to finish."
— Joyce Carol Oates

Martin on his character Ray Porter in the novella Shopgirl  (published Oct. 11, 2000)—

http://www.log24.com/log/pix10B/101122-MartinShopgirl-loq.jpg

"He said, 'I wrote a piece of code
 that they just can’t seem to do without.'
 He was a symbolic logician. That was his career…."

As the above review notes, Martin's new book is about art at the end of the millennium.

See also Art Wars: Geometry as Conceptual Art
and some of my own notes from 2000 (March 9) in "Is Nothing Sacred?"

Some related material —

A paperback with a striking cover (artist unknown)—

http://www.log24.com/log/pix10B/101027-LangerSymbolicLogic.jpg

Note that the background may be constructed from
any of four distinct motifs. For another approach to these
motifs in a philosophical context, see June 8, 2010.

"Visual forms— lines, colors, proportions, etc.— are just as capable of articulation , i.e. of complex combination, as words. But the laws that govern this sort of articulation are altogether different from the laws of syntax that govern language. The most radical difference is that visual forms are not discursive . They do not present their constituents successively, but simultaneously, so the relations determining a visual structure are grasped in one act of vision."

Susanne K. Langer, Philosophy in a New Key

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Language and Form

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In memory of S. Neil Fujita, who died last Saturday—

http://www.log24.com/log/pix10B/101027-PhilosophicalSketches2.jpg

Fujita did the cover art for this edition.

Another book by Langer with a striking cover (artist unknown)—

http://www.log24.com/log/pix10B/101027-LangerSymbolicLogic.jpg

Note that the background may be constructed from
any of four distinct motifs. For another approach to these
motifs in a philosophical context, see June 8, 2010.

"Visual forms— lines, colors, proportions, etc.— are just as capable of articulation , i.e. of complex combination, as words. But the laws that govern this sort of articulation are altogether different from the laws of syntax that govern language. The most radical difference is that visual forms are not discursive . They do not present their constituents successively, but simultaneously, so the relations determining a visual structure are grasped in one act of vision."
Susanne K. Langer, Philosophy in a New Key

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Sunday May 25, 2008

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"Caught up 
    in circles…"

— Song lyric,  
Cyndi Lauper

http://www.log24.com/log/pix08/080525-Alethiometer.jpg

Alethiometer from
"The Golden Compass"

 

The 64 hexagrams of the I Ching in a circular arrangement suggested by a Singer 63-cycle

The I Ching
as Alethiometer

Update:

See also this morning's
later entry, illustrating
the next line of Cyndi
Lauper's classic lyric
"Time After Time" —

"… Confusion is    
  nothing new."

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