Tuesday, August 27, 2013

What Seems Insanity

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 9:29 PM

On a way of seeingsuperimposition
that "seems insanity" (cf. C. S. Lewis's remarks below)

Combining last night's post Spectrum with
the August 14 post Valhalla Is Down

From An Experiment in Criticism 
by C.S. Lewis, 1961–

"If we go steadily through all the myths of any people
we shall be appalled by much of what we read.
Most of them, whatever they may have meant to
ancient or savage man, are to us meaningless and
shocking; shocking not only by their cruelty and
obscenity but by their apparent silliness— almost
what seems insanity. Out of this rank and squalid
undergrowth the great myths— Orpheus, Demeter
and Persephone, the Hesperides, Balder, Ragnarok,
or Ilmarinen's forging of the Sampo– rise like elms."

Voilà —

The Aug. 14 post Valhalla Is Down referred to a New York Times  blackout.
(Jill Abramson, on earlier being named executive editor at the Times, had
said it was like "ascending into Valhalla.")

Another Times blackout occurred today.

Lewis's term Ragnarok refers to the twilight of the gods of Valhalla.

A more conventional illustration from the gamer website Ragnarok/Valhalla Wiki —

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Word

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 6:29 PM

The new executive editor of The New York Times , Jill Abramson, flatly declared:

“‘In my house growing up, The Times substituted for religion.'” —The Daily Beast


Detail —


“Words are events.” — Walter J. Ong, S.J.


Thursday, June 2, 2011

Exit Keller

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:07 AM

IMAGE- Jill Abramson is new executive editor at NY Times

See posts on Keller in this journal.

A sample piece by the new editor— “The Lionesses” (2006 book review).

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