Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Spectre of Capitalism

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Christoph Waltz stars in the new film "Tulip Fever" —


Promotional summary

Related material — Another Waltz film, and a document commemorated
by a Boston University professor in the previous post


Wednesday, April 4, 2012


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Meanwhile, back in June 2004

The Marilyn Monroe Rose and JFK …

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… meet The Crimson Spectre

(Suggested by this morning's
New York Times  obituaries
"A spectre is haunting…"— Karl Marx)

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Part and Hole

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See also other posts now tagged Hole.

The above review of a Feb. 13, 2018, post was suggested by the
publication date below . . .

. . .  and by today's Arts & Letters Daily  item that linked to it —

Note, in Album , the activities of
Barthes in Bucharest during 1948.

From a May 20 Log24 post, "A Cryptic Message" —

"Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story." — Title of a book by D.T. Max

Sunday, May 20, 2018

A Cryptic Message

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Time and Chance Continues …

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from the previous post. See also Spectre in this journal.

The clock of Cortez's Palace in Cuernavaca

Saturday, January 9, 2016


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Charlize Theron in “Young Adult” (2011) —

Related material for older adults: Ravenna and Nietzsche.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Death Proof

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In memory of 

Bill Jenkins, 81, Drag Racing
Driver and Innovator

Pulled out of San Pedro late one night

Jenkins died on Thursday, March 29, 2012.

See also this morning's SPECTRE and

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Sunday January 16, 2005

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Death and the
Spirit, Part II


Are you a lucky little lady
in The City of Light
Or just another lost angel…
City of Night

— Jim Morrison, L.A. Woman

Fourmillante cité,
cité pleine de rêves,
Où le spectre en plein jour
raccroche le passant

— Baudelaire,
Les Fleurs du Mal,
and T. S. Eliot,
Notes to The Waste Land

"When you got the mojo, brother —
when you're on the inside —
the world is fantastic."

— Pablo Tabor in Robert Stone's
A Flag for Sunrise
Knopf, 1981, p. 428

Now it was Avril's turn to understand and he was frightened out of his wits.

"The Science of Luck," he said cautiously. "You watch, do you?  That takes a lot of self-discipline."

"Of course it does, but it's worth it.  I watch everything, all the time.  I'm one of the lucky ones.  I've got the gift.  I knew it when I was a kid, but I didn't grasp it."  The murmur had intensified.  "This last time, when I was alone so long, I got it right.  I watch for every opportunity and I never do the soft thing.  That's why I succeed."

Avril was silent for a long time.  "It is the fashion," he said at last.  "You've been reading the Frenchmen, I suppose?  Or no, no, perhaps you haven't.  How absurd of me."

"Don't blether."  The voice, stripped of all its disguises, was harsh and naive.  "You always blethered.  You never said anything straight.  What do you know about the Science of Luck?  Go on, tell me.  You're the only one who's understood at all.  Have you ever heard of it before?"

"Not under that name."

"I don't suppose you have.  That's my name for it.  What's its real name?"

"The Pursuit of Death."

— Margery Allingham,
Chapter Seventeen,
"On the Staircase," from
The Tiger in the Smoke


In memory of Danny Sugerman,
late manager of The Doors:

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Danny Sugerman
Photo by
Frank Alan Bella, 2002

"Mr Mojo Risin" = "Jim Morrison."
"Audible Era" = "Baudelaire."
"Bad Rumi" = "Rimbaud."

From the dark jungle
as a tiger bright,
Form from the viewless Spirit
leaps to light.

— Rumi,  "Reality and Appearance,"
translated by R. A. Nicholson

(See also Death and the Spirit
from Twelfth Night, 2005, the date
of Danny Sugerman's death.)

Tuesday, August 27, 2002

Tuesday August 27, 2002

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The Hero and the Dark Lady

From a Fictionwise eBooks summary of Mike Resnick’s novel The Dark Lady 

Leonardo, an art historian of the far future, is given a mission… 

“His instructions: Search the galaxy for any piece of art bearing the image of his obsession: the mysterious Dark Lady, a beautiful and somber human female whose exact likeness, he has secretly discovered, appears in paintings and sculptures throughout history–dating all the way back to Earth’s ancient Rome.

Leonardo’s research reveals the link between the artists of the Dark Lady: human men who voluntarily risk their lives. If she appears to men who court death, she may be their Angel of Death … or, as Leonardo hopes, the female of an ancient… legend–The Mother of All Things.”

Today, August 27 (or tomorrow, according to some accounts), is the date of death of a great actor, Robert Shaw, who died at 51 in 1978.   If in real life he was anything like the brave men he played… King Henry VIII,  SPECTRE assassin Red Grant, Panzer commander Colonel Hessler, and shark hunter Captain Quint… he, if anyone, deserved to be greeted in heaven by the Dark Lady.

For a more scholarly treatment of the Dark Lady, see this Princeton University Press site.

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