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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A Consolatory Tale

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

The title is taken from Isak Dinesen— See the previous post,
which posed the question, "Stylist or fraud?"

Stylist and  fraud—

The stylist:   Gerard Manley Hopkins, Society of Jesus

The fraud (i.e., the fiction):

Scifi art- Women on Diamond

Click on the cover art for further details.

The cover artist, by the way, died on the date*
mentioned prominently in the previous post.

* September 7, 2009. 
   See also that date in this journal, with its post
   "Magic Boxes." Happy birthday, J. K. Rowling.

The Question

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 8:00 AM

Maya Alexandri on September 7, 2009

… Blixen herself may have cut closer to the truth
in her final story in Winter's Tales , "A Consolatory Tale" [1942].

In it, a character explains,

What exactly [the imposter to the Prince] has told
the people I cannot report, partly because his sayings
seem to be deep and twofold, so that those who have
heard them do not remember them, and partly because
he really does not say much.  But the impression which
he has made is sure to be very profound.

Later, the imposter utters the following enigma: "Life and Death
are two locked caskets, each of which contains the key to the other."  
In other words, this imposter bore a striking resemblance to
Kahlil Gibran (or his modern day incarnate, Paulo Coelho).

Stylist or fraud, that's the question.

Stylist or fraud?

Monday, September 7, 2009

Monday September 7, 2009

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

Magic Boxes

"Somehow it seems to fill my head with ideas– only I don't exactly know what they are!…. Let's have a look at the garden first!"

— A passage from Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass. The "garden" part– but not the "ideas" part– was quoted by Jacques Derrida in Dissemination in the epigraph to Chapter 7, "The Time before First."

Commentary
 on the passage:

Part I    "The Magic Box,"  shown on Turner Classic Movies earlier tonight

Part II: "Mimsy Were the Borogoves," a classic science fiction story:

"… he lifted a square, transparent crystal block, small enough to cup in his palm– much too small to contain the maze of apparatus within it. In a moment Scott had solved that problem. The crystal was a sort of magnifying glass, vastly enlarging the things inside the block. Strange things they were, too. Miniature people, for example– They moved. Like clockwork automatons, though much more smoothly. It was rather like watching a play."

Part III:  A Crystal Block

Cube, 4x4x4

Four coloring pencils, of four different colors

Image of pencils is by
Diane Robertson Design.

Related material:
"A Four-Color Theorem."

Part IV:

David Carradine displays a yellow book-- the Princeton I Ching.

"Click on the Yellow Book."

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