Saturday, December 3, 2016

Harry Potter and the Lumber Room

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"The dramatic irony is tragically strong with this one."

— A line from …

‘Harry Potter’: Who Is
The Cursed Child?

BY            AUGUST 1,  2016     

   Harry Potter with the lightning-bolt scar:

See also "Lumber Room" in this journal.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Smoke from the Sacred Wood

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 11:00 PM

The beginning of an essay by Emily Witt that is to appear on Sunday,
Dec. 4, 2016, in the T Magazine  of The New York Times

"Palo santo, which means 'holy stick' in Spanish, is a tree indigenous to the Caribbean and South America. When burned, it emits a fragrance of pine and citrus. Lighting a stick of palo santo, like burning a bundle of sage or sweetgrass, is believed to chase away misfortune. Amazonian shamans use it in ayahuasca ceremonies to cleanse a ceremonial space of bad spirits. Given its mystical connotations, it’s not a scent associated with the secular world, but lately I have noticed its distinctive smoke wafting over more earthly settings, from Brooklyn dive bars to blue-chip art openings."

The ending of an essay by T. S. Eliot that appeared in his 1921 book
titled The Sacred Wood

Those who prefer ayahuasca ceremonies may consult
a Sept. 10 post, Cocktail of the Damned.

A Small Witt Design*

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The New York Times 's  online T Magazine  yesterday —

"A version of this article appears in print on December 4, 2016, on page
M263 of T Magazine with the headline: The Year of Magical Thinking."

* Thanks to Emily Witt for inadvertently publicizing the
   Miracle Octad Generator  of R. T. Curtis, which
   summarizes the 759 octads found in the large Witt design.

Images from a Lumber Room*

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An image search today for
"Design Cube" + Cullinane:
Click to enlarge (5.3 MB) —

* For the title, see St. Andrew's Day.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Lumber Room

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:07 AM

From "Northrop Frye at Home and Abroad: His Ideas,"
by Jean O'Grady —

"Frye always denied the accusation that
he was trying to make everyone accept
his whole ‘system’ like a straightjacket;
he remarked to an interviewer that perhaps
he would ultimately be found less useful as a
systemizer than as a quarry for later thinkers,
'a kind of lumber-room for later generations…
a resource person for anyone to explore and
get ideas from.' "

From Wikipedia's Lumber Room article —

"The phrase 'lumber room' is found in British fiction
at least during the 19th century ….  Probably one of
the most evocative references is the short story by 
'Saki' (H. H. Munro) called 'The Lumber Room':
'Often and often Nicholas had pictured to himself
what the lumber-room might be like, that region
that was so carefully sealed from youthful eyes
and concerning which no questions were ever answered.
It came up to his expectations. In the first place it was large
and dimly lit, one high window opening on to the forbidden
garden being its only source of illumination. In the second
place it was a storehouse of unimagined treasures.' "

See also Two by Four in this journal.

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