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Saturday, December 17, 2005

Saturday December 17, 2005

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Thirst for
the Absolute

This world is not conclusion;
  A sequel stands beyond,
Invisible, as music,
  But positive, as sound.
It beckons and it baffles;     
  Philosophies don't know,
And through a riddle, at the last,  
  Sagacity must go….

— Emily Dickinson

From John Spencer's birthday,
December 20, in 2003:

Riddled:

The Absolutist Faith
of The New York Times

White and Geometric, but not Eternal.

(See previous entry.)

The title of this entry
  comes from within 
an entry of June 2, 2005,

The Barest Vocabulary
 at the Altar of Facts
.

Saturday December 17, 2005

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Fade to White

For John Spencer,
who died on December 16:

"He was a kind, sweet, funny man…
a man who made your words come to life
in ways you would never expect."

James Mangold, quoted in     
today's Los Angeles Times 

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Related material:

Entries from the date
of Spencer's death

and
 White, Geometric, and Eternal

(from Dec. 20, 2003–
 Spencer's birthday).

Saturday December 17, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — m759 @ 1:01 PM
For Trevanian:
 
Fade to Black

"…that ineffable constellation of talents that makes the player of rank: a gift for conceiving abstract schematic possibilities; a sense of mathematical poetry in the light of which the infinite chaos of probability and permutation is crystallized under the pressure of intense concentration into geometric blossoms; the ruthless focus of force on the subtlest weakness of an opponent." 

— Trevanian,
    Shibumi  

  "'Haven't there been splendidly elegant colors in Japan since ancient times?'

'Even black has various subtle shades,' Sosuke nodded." 

— Yasunari Kawabata,
    The Old Capital

"The Zen disciple sits for long hours silent and motionless, with his eyes closed. Presently he enters a state of impassivity, free from all ideas and all thoughts. He departs from the self and enters the realm of nothingness. This is not the nothingness or the emptiness of the West. It is rather the reverse, a universe of the spirit in which everything communicates freely with everything, transcending bounds, limitless." 

— Yasunari Kawabata,
    Nobel lecture, 1968 

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