Thursday, September 17, 2015

A Word for Willcocks

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:22 PM

The title refers to Sir David Willcocks, director of music
at King's College, Cambridge, 1957-1974, who reportedly
died today.  

The word:


Related music:
A Christmas Carol.

Saturday, September 12, 2015


Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 4:45 PM

Lorrie Moore, in the current New York Review of Books ,
on a detective in a TV series:

He "takes notes in a large ledger and
speaks as if he were the CEO of
a nihilist fortune cookie company."

— "Sympathy for the Devil," NYRB
      issue dated Sept. 24, 2015

See Harvard president Drew Faust as such a CEO.

The Harvard Crimson

UPDATED: September 12, 2015, at 4:22 pm. 

Luke Z. Tang ’18, a Lowell House sophomore,
has died “suddenly and unexpectedly,”
Lowell House Master Diana L. Eck told
House residents in an email Saturday.

Local authorities are investigating the cause
of the death, Eck wrote, and there is “no reason
to believe that foul play was involved.”

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Particulars of Language

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:01 AM

This post is in memory of an English church musician whose
death was noted here yesterday evening in a post titled
"The Particulars of Rapture," a phrase from Wallace Stevens.

Sir Philip Ledger, who died on Sunday, was a
"church musician who produced magical settings
of carols," according to The Telegraph  RSS feed.

It is not clear what the Telegraph  meant by "magical settings."

Perhaps the phrase "his settings of carols" in his obituary refers
to the annual service of Nine Lessons and Carols at Cambridge,
where he was for a time director of music at King's College.

If so, the settings would be the Lessons, readings from the Bible
(a "ledger," in the sense defined below).  Such readings should
not be confused with notions from the world of Harry Potter. 

Examples: The Lessons from last Christmas in Cambridge.

IMAGE- Meanings of the word 'ledger'

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Particulars of Rapture

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"And forth the particulars of rapture come."

— Wallace Stevens, "Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction,"
     Canto IV of "It Must Change," quoted here yesterday.

A death yesterday: Sir Philip Ledger.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Wednesday July 11, 2007

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 2:45 AM
… And One More  
 for the Road

In memory of Doug Marlette,
cartoonist and author
of Magic Time.

Marlette died in a highway
accident yesterday at about
10 AM CT.  He was
"on his way to Oxford
[Mississippi]… to help a
troupe of high school students
put on a play based on
his nationally syndicated
comic strip, Kudzu."

Chris Joyner,
Jackson, Mississippi

  Log24 yesterday,
7:59 AM ET:

Mary Karr,
"Facing Altars:
    Poetry and Prayer"–

"There is a body
on the cross  
 in my church."

Church, by Doug Marlette

Kudzu, by Doug Marlette

"I started kneeling to pray morning and night– spitefully at first, in a bitter pout. The truth is, I still fancied the idea that glugging down Jack Daniels would stay my turmoil, but doing so had resulted in my car hurtling into stuff." Mary Karr

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