Sunday, July 19, 2020

Today’s Sermon

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 AM

“Are you a social worker?”

— Cinematic query in LA at Sunset and Selma
(Mojave , released 3 December 2015 (USA))

Related fiction —

“Then he realized why she looked familiar. He’d seen her just
a few hours before, at the job fair for social workers. They’d both
stood at the edge of a crowd that had gathered around a man
handing out applications for jobs at the Children’s Aid Society.
The demand was so great, he ran out of applications; John didn’t
get one, and neither did the redhead. Looking more resigned than
disappointed, the girl had sighed, ‘Oh well,’ to no one in particular
and then headed for the other end of the conference center.”

— Alpert, Mark. The Furies  (p. 11), April 22, 2014.
(St. Martin’s Publishing Group. Kindle Edition)

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

“Hello the Camp”

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:20 AM

The title is a quotation from the 2015 film "Mojave."

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Desert Notes*

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:13 AM

A November 1 LA Times  article about a book to be published today —

Why did Jonathan Lethem
turn toward the desert
in 'The Feral Detective'?

See also searches in this  journal for Desert and, more particularly,
Point Omega and Mojave.

* The title of a book by Barry Holstun Lopez.

Monday, May 21, 2018


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 5:24 PM

Illustration for a Warren Times Observer  story of May 12, 2018 —

Related literary background —

Iacta est.

“That’s the crux of it, brother.”
— William Monahan’s Mojave” script

See as well a related post on
Sunset and Selma, LA.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Aleph Meets Zahir

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 AM

For the "Aleph" of the title in the seal of
the College of the Desert, see the final post
in a search for the College in this journal.

A better-known Aleph appears in a story by Borges.
See Borges + Aleph in this journal.

For the "Zahir" of the title, see another story by Borges
and the coin scenes in the films "No Country for Old Men"
(2007) and "Mojave" (2015).

The word "Zahir" has appeared previously in this journal
in a post of January 11, 2011, Soul and Spirit.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

One Fell Shmoop

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:48 PM

https://www.shmoop.com/no-country-for-old-men/coin-symbol.html —

"You know the date on this coin?"

Related material —

This journal on March 7, 2014

From Klein’s 1893  Lectures on Mathematics —

The varieties introduced by Wirtinger may be called 
  Kummer varieties….” — E. Spanier, 1956

From the "varieties introduced by Wirtinger" link above —


Monday, October 30, 2017

For Devil’s Night

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:25 PM

Location,  Location,  Location

From a Los Angeles Times  piece on Epiphany (Jan. 6), 1988 —

“Some 30 paces east of the spooky old Chateau Marmont is
the intersection of Selma and Sunset Boulevard.” . . . .
“Though it is not much of an intersection, the owner of
the liquor store on that corner might resent that you have
slotted his parking lot in the Twilight Zone. . . .
And directly across Sunset from Selma looking south is
where the infamous Garden of Allah used to stand. . . .”

Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Quick and the Dead

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 4:30 AM

I watched the 2015 film "Mojave" this morning. Some related remarks:

"Mojave" screenwriter William Monahan won an Oscar for "The Departed."

The opening of a book by another Hollywood author, now departed —

The Latecomers

"Nicholas Concert, a minister without particular portfolio
or flock, and once, long ago, a priest of the Roman faith,
awoke in a troubled dawn. It was the new day sensed
rather than perceptible to him in the interior blackness of
the detached truck camper. It was cold. He was tempted
to huddle in his sleeping bag awhile longer, until the sun
would rise out of the Mojave, climb the ridge and fill the
isolated desert valley. He had not slept well. His night had
been frantic with apparitions, sounds, fragments of dialogue. 

It had been a long night, a terrible night, one that Concert
had thought would never end or, at its worst, that it had ended
and he had died during its passing and this was his eternal hell,
to be transfixed in this night forever, kept from his tomorrow as
Moses, flawed, had been kept from his. …"

E. M. Nathanson

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Desert Cross

Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:45 PM

Two news stories for Armistice Day:

Nov. 11, 2012—

Veterans to resurrect war memorial cross
in Mojave desert in Calif., capping long legal dispute

Nov. 6, 2012—

Mojave Cross, stolen two years ago,
discovered in Bay Area

See also this journal on the reported date of the cross theft.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

College of the Desert

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 6:08 AM

(Continued from 6:08 AM EDT yesterday and the day before)

"Richard Elster was seventy-three, I was less than half his age. He’d invited me to join him here, old house, under-furnished, somewhere south of nowhere in the Sonoran Desert or maybe it was the Mojave Desert or another desert altogether.* Not a long visit, he’d said."

— Don DeLillo, Point Omega

IMAGE- Detail of John Ritter's NY Times illustration for Geoff Dyer's review of 'Point Omega,' plus link to Twitter beneath illustration

Maybe it was the desert near Twentynine Palms.

IMAGE- Twentynine Palms in Geoff Dyer's review of 'Point Omega'

"Sometimes a wind comes before the rain
and sends birds sailing past the window,
spirit birds that ride the night,
stranger than dreams."

— Ending of Point Omega

* Update of Sept. 2, 2012— A different passage yields a more precise location.

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