Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Signs of the Times

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 1:20 PM

The previous post, together with the New York Times Wire  and the
life in Trieste of the James Joyce family, suggests a review of …

1. Lucia + Crossword in this journal

2. The following Times  items —


Saturday, August 31, 2013

What Where

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — m759 @ 8:23 PM

The news item at lower right in the above image, with the phrase "surprise U-turn,"
suggests some remarks related to this summer's Enniskillen festival.

Friday, August 30, 2013


Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — m759 @ 7:20 PM

(A sequel to today's noon post, Hymn)

Portrait, in the 2013 film Oblivion , of  a 2005 graduate
of London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art —

London derrière.


Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:00 PM

Londonderry Air

"By recalling the past and freezing the present
he could open the gates of time…."

— Mark Helprin,  In Sunlight and in Shadow


Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — m759 @ 11:01 AM

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Thursday July 15, 2004

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 2:29 AM
Astonishing, Telepathic
Group Interplay

In memory of

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix04A/040715-Hansen.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

Frances Hansen,
cruciverbalist extraordinaire

The first crossword puzzle —
The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix04A/040715-Selim.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.
For related commentary on
telepathic interplay, see an
entry for Aug. 29, 2002.

For related material on
intersecting word patterns
and telepathic interplay,
see The Demolished Man,
 by Alfred Bester, and
We Are The Key,
a Log24 entry for
St. Lucia’s Day, 2003.
Here is an illustration of what might
be called, as in the above puzzle, a
 “ten miles pit,” from Forbidden Planet,
a classic film, based on
Shakespeare’s The Tempest,
discussed in the 8/29/02 entry.

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix04A/040715-Pit2.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

A quotation that somehow
seems relevant:

O the mind, mind has mountains,
     cliffs of fall
Frightful, sheer, no-man fathomed.
     Hold them cheap
May who ne’er hung there.

Gerard Manley Hopkins

Frances Hansen died on Friday, July 9. For more on words and The Roots of Coincidence (the subject of the previous entry), see the entries of July 8-10.

Saturday, December 13, 2003

Saturday December 13, 2003

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 2:02 PM

We Are the Key:
The Shining of December 13

For James and Lucia Joyce

In the Orbit of Genius —
TIME, Dec. 1, 2003

“Once, when her mother asked if Joyce should visit her in the sanatorium, Lucia said, ‘Tell him I am a crossword puzzle, and if he does not mind seeing a crossword puzzle, he is to come out.’ “

Compare and contrast
with Finnegans Wake

From Roger Zelazny’s Eye of Cat:

“A massive, jaguarlike form with a single, gleaming eye landed on the vehicle’s hood forward and to the front.  It was visible for but an instant, and then it sprang away. The car tipped, its air cushion awry, and it was already turning onto its side before he left the trail.  He fought with the wheel and the attitude control, already knowing that it was too late.  There came a strong shock accompanied by a crunching noise, and he felt himself thrown forward.

Kaleidoscope turning… Shifting  pattern within unalterable structure… Was it a mistake? There is pain with the power…  Time’s friction at the edges…  Center loosens, forms again elsewhere…  Unalterable?  But – Turn outward.  Here songs of self erode the will till actions lie stillborn upon night’s counterpane.  But – Again the movement…  Will it hold beyond a catch of moment?  To fragment…  Not kaleidoscope.  No center.  But again… To form it will.  To will it form.  Structure… Pain…  Deadly, deadly…  And lovely.  Like a sleek, small dog… A plastic statue… The notes of an organ, the first slug of gin on an empty stomach… We settle again, farther than ever before… Center. The light!… It is difficult being a god. The pain. The beauty. The terror of selfless –  Act!  Yes. Center, center, center… Here? Deadly…

necess yet again from bridge of brainbow oyotecraven stare decesis on landaway necessity timeslast the arnings ent and tided turn yet beastfall nor mindstorms neither in their canceling sarved cut the line that binds ecessity towarn and findaway twill open pandorapack wishdearth amen amenusensis opend the mand of min apend the pain of durthwursht vernichtung desiree tolight and eadly dth cessity sesame

We are the key.”

Powered by WordPress