Saturday, March 31, 2018

Notes for the Harrowing of Hell

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From a post of April 15, 2006

From elsewhere

Friday, March 30, 2018

Unorthodox Drama

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

The online New York Times  this evening has an obituary
for "an unorthodox … drama scholar" who reportedly died 
on Thursday, March 22, 2018.

Some drama in this journal from around that date — in posts
tagged "The Cubes" — includes the following excerpt from
a graphic novel:

"Program or be programmed."
— A saying by the author of the above graphic novel.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Saturday April 15, 2006

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

(See previous entry,
on Francis L. Kellogg)\

More bookmarks, in the spirit of
  Hemingway rather than Fitzgerald,
 from the date of Kellogg's death–

New York State lottery
on April 6, 2006:

Mid-day: 338
 Evening: 323

From A Flag for Sunrise, page 338:

"She seemed, superficially, to have
thrown every grain of her energy
into the driving…. She was stone
beautiful, he thought; to his eye
outrageously and provocatively

Related material:
Compare with Grace Kelly driving
Cary Grant in "To Catch a Thief"
and Frank Sinatra in "High Society."

Those who prefer a different sort
of high may also prefer a different
page in A Flag for Sunrise: 323.

"He was very high, higher than he
had ever been.  His thoughts
twisted off into spools,
arabesques, snatches of

 Related material:

"Harrowing," from
Holy Saturday, 2003.

Saturday, April 19, 2003

Saturday April 19, 2003

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In memory of the many who have died on April 19, most notably Octavio Paz.

"There is a suggestion of Christ descending into the abyss for the harrowing of Hell.  But it is the Consul whom we think of here, rather than of Christ."

— Introduction to Malcolm Lowry's classic novel Under the Volcano, by Stephen Spender

"Hey, big Spender, spend a little time
with me." — Song lyric

For a somewhat deeper meditation on time, see Architecture of Eternity.

See also Literature of the Descent into Hell

"Mexico is a solar country — but it is also a black country, a dark country. This duality of Mexico has preoccupied me since I was a child."

Octavio Paz, quoted by Homero Aridjis


Concluding Unscientific Postscripts:

"Once upon a time…" — Anonymous

"It's quarter to three…" — Sinatra

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