Saturday, August 24, 2019

Sophia in Storyville*

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:54 PM

The Firsts of Sophia Lillis

* See the previous post.  Related material:
The Lolita Express  and Magic Carpet Ride.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

The News from Storyville

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:53 PM

Update of 11:16 PM ET —

Friday, November 22, 2013


Filed under: General — m759 @ 6:00 PM

From a poem in today's previous post:

"Thou art not August unless I make thee so."

This, along with two obituaries in this evening's
online New York Times , suggests the following

See also Surfaces of a Diamond  and  Storyville.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

For those who prefer Tell . . .

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:20 PM

(The title refers to the previous post.)

"There is a house in New Orleans
Not the one you've heard about,
I'm talking about another house.
They spoke of gold in the cellar
That a Spanish gentleman had left…"

Song lyric by David Berman suggested by
his New Yorker  elegy

"Reddington and Vesco are watching the opera,
and the plan begins."

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Agency

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 7:59 PM

Strike That Pose.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Fashion Statements

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:28 AM

From Monday in this journal —

Related news this morning —

Anne Hollander, Scholar of Style, Dies at 83
By William Yardley in The New York Times ,
10:26 PM ET July 8, 2014

Anne Hollander, a historian who helped elevate
the study of art and dress by revealing the often striking
relationships between the two, died on Sunday at her home
in Manhattan. She was 83.

The cause was cancer, said her husband, the philosopher
Thomas Nagel.
. . . .
She received a degree in art history from Barnard College
in 1952. The next year she married the poet John Hollander.
Their marriage ended in divorce.

Related material from this journal last year —

“Be serious, because
The stone may have contempt
For too-familiar hands”

Adrienne Rich in “The Diamond Cutters” (1955)

Saturday, November 23, 2013


Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 AM

"We'll give the week-end to wisdom, to Weisheit, the rabbi…."

— Wallace Stevens in "Things of August" (see Storyville yesterday)

My choice for a rabbi would be George Steiner.


You once referred to the “patience of apprehension” and “open-endedness of asking” which fiction can enact, and yet you have described your fictions as “allegories of argument, stagings of ideas.” Do you still consider them to be “stagings of ideas”?


Very much so. My writing of fiction comes under a very general heading of those teachers, critics, scholars who like to try their own hand once or twice in their lives. 

The Paris Review, Winter 1995

For one such staging, see today's earlier posts Chess and Frame Tale.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Colorful Tale

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:00 AM

See the title phrase in this journal.

See also posts from last August tagged Storyville.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Jazz Saint

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From an obituary of a jazz pianist and host of
a radio interview program on jazz —

McPartland said the conversations themselves
were very much like jazz, spontaneous and

"It's so easy to make it a conversation, and
you don't know where it's going to lead,"
McPartland said.

See, too, last night's Conversations with an Empty Chair .

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Conversations with an Empty Chair

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(Continued from 4 AM Sunday, Sept. 10, 2006 —
Meet Max Black .)

In memory of office chair designer Charles Pollock,
who reportedly died today at 83.

An image from the 2006 Meet Max Black  empty-chair post
appears also in today's previous post, The 20 .

The conversation of this  post's title (see The 20 ) —

The 20

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:00 PM

In memory of author Elmore Leonard

A graphic symbol and a search for "Nowhere"*
in this journal yield

Box symbol

Pictorial version
of Hexagram 20,
Contemplation (View)

"Cotton Mather died
when I was a boy.
The books/ He read,
all day, all night
and all the nights,/
Had got him nowhere."

— Wallace Stevens,
"The Blue Buildings
in the Summer Air"

* See previous post.

Monday, August 19, 2013


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IMAGE- NY Times online front page with caption- 'Thereby hangs a tale.'

The tale is not Thomas Nagel's remarks on philosophy
summarized above, but rather the late John Hollander's
remarks on Nowhere:

"We all know where it is they've gone, the dead:
Beyond Noplace, far into wide Nowhere."

See also Nagel's book The View from Nowhere .

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