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Friday, October 14, 2005

Friday October 14, 2005

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:00 PM
At Degreeless Noon:
A Still, Small Voice
(12:00:02 PM EDT Oct. 14, 2005)
For Richard Roth, senior United Nations
correspondent for CNN, a card:

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For the religious significance
of this brief poem, see
Log24 High Holy Days entries
and yesterday’s entries.

For the relevance to the United Nations,
see the illustration in Wednesday’s entry:

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“My card.”

For the relevance of “Tick Tick Hash”
to Roth and the High Holy Days, see
the obituary of Jerome Roth
from today’s New York Times,
the Log24 entry for Monday,
a philosophical note- Elegance
and a poem by Wallace Stevens,
Asides on the Oboe.”

(Today, by the way, is the feast of
Saint Leonard Bernstein.)

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Thursday October 13, 2005

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 12:00 PM

A Poem for Pinter

The Guardian on Harold Pinter, winner of this year's Nobel Prize for Literature:

"Earlier this year, he announced his decision to retire from playwriting in favour of poetry,"

Michael Muskal in today's Los Angeles Times:

"Pinter, 75, is known for his sparse and thin style as well as his etched characters whose crystal patter cuts through the mood like diamond drill bits."

Robert Stone, A Flag for Sunrise  (See Jan. 25):

"'That old Jew gave me this here.'  Egan looked at the diamond….  'It's worth a whole lot of money– you can tell that just by looking– but it means something, I think.  It's got a meaning, like.'

'Let's see,' Egan said, 'what would it mean?'  He took hold of Pablo's hand cupping the stone and held his own hand under it.  '"The jewel is in the lotus," perhaps that's what it means.  The eternal in the temporal….'"

Notes on Modal Logic:

"Modal logic was originally developed to investigate logic under the modes of necessary  and possible  truth.  The words 'necessary' and 'possible' are called modal connectives , or modalities .  A modality is a word that when applied to a statement indicates when, where, how, or under what circumstances the statement may be true.  In terms of notation, it is common to use a box [] for the modality 'necessary' and a diamond <> for the modality 'possible.'"

A Poem for Pinter

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Commentary:

"Waka" also means Japanese poem or Maori canoe.

(For instance, this Japanese poem and this Maori canoe.)

For a meditation on "bang splat," see Sept. 25-29.

For the meaning of "tick tick," see Emily Dickinson on "degreeless noon."

"Hash," of course, signifies "checkmate."  (See previous three entries.)

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Wednesday October 12, 2005

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:00 AM
Don’t Know Much About
History

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“My card.”

Sources:
Today’s online New York Times
and Sean Penn and Nicole Kidman
in “The Interpreter”
“Is Heart of Darkness the story of Kurtz or the story of Marlow’s experience of Kurtz?  Was Marlow invented as a rhetorical device for heightening the meaning of Kurtz’s moral collapse, or was Kurtz invented in order to provide Marlow with the centre of his experience in the Congo?  Again a seamless web, and we tell ourselves that the old-fashioned question ‘Who is the protagonist?’ is a meaningless one.”
— Wayne C. Booth, p. 346 in
The Rhetoric of Fiction
(1961),
as quoted by Paul Wake in
The Storyteller in Chance
The dates of death for the two men
pictured in the Times clipping were
October 9 and October 10.

Log24 entries for those dates contain allusions
to games of chance and games of skill.
See also yesterday’s entry.

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