Sunday, October 13, 2013

Les Mots

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Two links from the above post

Gamalog and Separatrix.

The latter word has a technical meaning in mathematics.
It also has a non-technical meaning, as explained below.

The comparison of Derrida to Holmes is of course ridiculous
(like the rest of the Kipnis essay). For Moriarty, see (for instance)
"We've lost the plot!" (Feb. 27, 2008).

Saturday, October 12, 2013


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"                          … Had they deceived us 
Or deceived themselves, the quiet-voiced elders,
Bequeathing us merely a receipt for deceit?"

Four Quartets

Log24 posts of 9/11, 2013 —

Those who enjoy lead balloons may
consult also Zeppelin in this journal.

Monday, September 16, 2013

A Word to the Wise

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Fleur de Derrida*

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The above news item seems to exemplify Baudelaire's (and Murdoch's)
notion of contingency —

"La modernité, c’est le transitoire, le fugitif, le contingent, la moitié de l’art, dont l’autre moitié est l’éternel et l’immuable."

— Baudelaire, "Le Peintre de la Vie Moderne," IV (1863)

"By 'modernity' I mean the ephemeral, the fugitive, the contingent, the half of art whose other half is the eternal and the immutable."

— Baudelaire, "The Painter of Modern Life," IV (1863), translated by Jonathan Mayne (in 1964 Phaidon Press book of same title)

Thanks to the late Marshall Berman for pointing out this remark of Baudelaire.
(All That Is Solid Melts Into Air , Penguin edition of 1988, p. 133)

* For this post's title, see Language Game in this journal on 9/11,
   the morning of Berman's reported death.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


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An antidote to Derrida.

The Eisenman Chronicles

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Eisenman I:  DuBois, PA  (Of German descent)

Eisenman II:  Yale  (Apparently related to Eisenman I)

Eisenman III:  Newark, NJ  (Jewish)

"Confusion is nothing new." — Song lyric


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In reply to "Poem," by Stanley Moss, in
the Sept. 16, 2012, New Yorker —

"Then we take Berlin." — Phrase by Leonard Cohen

See also this morning's 9:29 post Language Game.

Language Game

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In which Plato continues to thank the Academy.

From the Academy, a lead balloon for 9/11 —
continued from March First, 2002.

A search today for the name Eisenman
(see previous post) yields the following :

"We need a cameo from Plato, a safecracker,
a wrinkle or two to be ironed out, some ice,
some diamonds, and, above all, laughter
for this irony of ironies."

Jeffrey Kipnis, "Twisting the Separatrix,"
Assemblage  No. 14, April 1991, MIT Press

A Girl’s Best Friend?*

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:25 AM

Continued from September 3rd, 2013.

On that date, there were two posts in this journal:

"The Stone" today suggests…"* and
"An End in Itself."

The former dealt with some philosophy and 
mathematics related to graphic design.

The latter dealt with death and finality.

The New York Times  today has an obituary
that, revisiting Sept. 3rd, unites the topics of
death and design.

Alvin Eisenman,
Graphic Design Educator,
Dies at 92

Published: September 10, 2013

Alvin Eisenman, a graphic designer who in 1951 became the first director of Yale’s graduate program for graphic design, the first offered by a major American university, died on Sept. 3 at his home, which he also designed, on Martha’s Vineyard. He was 92.  More>>

For greater depth, see the American Institute of Graphic Arts.

* This post's title and "The Stone" above refer to the New York Times
  philosophy column "The Stone"— In particular, to its Sept. 2nd post 
 "Women in Philosophy? Do the Math."

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