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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Ride

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:01 PM

"Why don't you come with me, little girl,
on a magic carpet ride?" — Steppenwolf lyrics

Related material for fans of Christopher Alexander
(see previous post) — "The 'Life' of a Carpet."

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Figure in the Carpet

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:02 AM

"Why don't you come with me, little girl,
On a magic carpet ride?"

– Steppenwolf lyrics

"I like to fold my magic carpet, after use,
in such a way as to superimpose
one part of the pattern upon another."

Vladimir Nabokov in Speak, Memory

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11/110217-IndexTo202.jpg

See also Nabokov at Harvard in today's Crimson
and the Russian boxes of Henry James.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

An Abstract Power

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 2:45 AM

Two characters named "Black" and "White" debate religion and the afterlife in the Cormac McCarthy play "The Sunset Limited."

The play opened in Chicago in a Steppenwolf Theatre production on May 18, 2006.

A New York Times  theater review from All Hallows' Eve, 2006—

"…there is an abstract power in the mysteriousness of Mr. McCarthy’s
vision’s allowing for a multitude of interpretations." –Jason Zinoman

The current New Yorker  (Feb.14) has a note
by Lillian Ross on the same play— "Two-Man Show: O Death"

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11/110209-TwoManShow.gif

Some purely visual black-and-white variations that are less dramatic, but have their own "abstract power"—

A book cover pictured here last November to contrast with
"the sound and fury of the rarified Manhattan art world"—

http://www.log24.com/log/pix10B/101027-LangerSymbolicLogic.jpg

and a web page with multiple interpretations of the book cover's pattern—

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11/110209-SymFrameBWPage.gif

A synchronicity— The first version of "Symmetry Framed" was done
on May 18, 2006— the day "The Sunset Limited" opened.

Another synchronicity relates the mathematics underlying
such patterns to the Halloween date of the above review.
See "To Announce a Faith," from October 31, 2006.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Venue

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

… Don't you know that when you play
at this level there's no ordinary venue?

— Lyrics from Chess

Why don't you come with me little girl
On a magic carpet ride?

— Steppenwolf lyrics in Star Trek: First Contact

I like to fold my magic carpet, after use,
in such a way as to superimpose
one part of the pattern upon another.

Vladimir Nabokov in Speak, Memory

See also recent Log24 posts.

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