Saturday, September 8, 2007

Saturday September 8, 2007

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 7:11 PM

A Little Mystery

May 25, 2007:

Reba McEntire, Saturday Evening Post, Mar/Apr 1995

"Let's give 'em somethin' to talk about,
A little mystery to figure out"

— Scarlett Johansson singing on
Saturday Night Live, April 21, 2007

Related material:

Today's previous entry
and the following:

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Saturday September 8, 2007

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:02 PM

The Intensest Rendezvous

"There is one story and one story only
That will prove worth your telling….

Dwell on her graciousness, dwell on her smiling,
Do not forget what flowers
The great boar trampled down in ivy time.
Her brow was creamy as the crested wave,
Her sea-blue eyes were wild
But nothing promised that is not performed. "

— Robert Graves,
    To Juan at the Winter Solstice

Symbol of the evening star

The Devil and Wallace Stevens:

"In a letter to Harriet Monroe, written December 23, 1926, Stevens refers to the Sapphic fragment that invokes the genius of evening: 'Evening star that bringest back all that lightsome Dawn hath scattered afar, thou bringest the sheep, thou bringest the goat, thou bringest the child home to the mother.' Christmas, writes Stevens, 'is like Sappho's evening: it brings us all home to the fold.' (Letters of Wallace Stevens, 248)"

— "The Archangel of Evening," Chapter 5 of Wallace Stevens: The Intensest Rendezvous, by Barbara M. Fisher, The University Press of Virginia, 1990, pages 72-73

"Evening. Evening of this day. Evening of the century. Evening of my own life….

At Christmastime my parents held open house on Sunday evenings, and a dozen or more people gathered around the piano, and the apartment was full of music, and theology was sung into my heart."

— Madeleine L'Engle, Bright Evening Star: Mystery of the Incarnation

From the date of
 L'Engle's death:

Pavarotti takes a bow

Some enchanted evening…          

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