Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Hijacking the Vatican

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 12:42 PM

Rothstein's 'Emblems of Mind,' 1995, cover illustrations by Pinturicchio from Vatican

Cover illustration— Arithmetic and Music,
Borgia Apartments, the Vatican.

See also Rothstein in this journal.

Related posts: The Eightfold Hijacking.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Sacred Woo*

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Victor Zuckerkandl, 'Sound and Symbol,' p. 338

* The title refers to a recent Sunday Doonesbury cartoon.

Defining a Space

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 8:57 PM

See also Nada Brahma  in this  journal.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Season’s Greetings from CBS

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 7:21 AM

Update of 10:45 PM ET the same day —

See posts now tagged Sublime.  Happy birthday, General Custer.


Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 12:00 AM

Poetry's Bones

Sunday, December 4, 2016

London Recessional

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Jack London on Kipling —

Also for "Recessional."

Friday, December 2, 2016

Smoke from the Sacred Wood

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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.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Higgs Boson of the Sublime

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:29 PM

Click here to enlarge.

Update of 4:00 PM —

See also this  journal on Sunday morning and
Bill Murray's  "Razor's Edge."


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:00 PM

Or:  A Candle for Sunrise  


Commentary —

“Looking carefully at Golay’s code is like staring into the sun.”

— Richard Evan Schwartz

Sunday, November 27, 2016

A Machine That Will Fit

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , , — m759 @ 8:00 AM

Or:  Notes for the Metaphysical Club

Northrop Frye on Wallace Stevens:

"He… stands in contrast to the the dualistic
approach of Eliot, who so often speaks of poetry
as though it were an emotional and sensational
soul looking for a 'correlative' skeleton of
thought to be provided by a philosopher, a
Cartesian ghost trying to find a machine that
will fit."

Ralph Waldo Emerson on "vacant and vain" knowledge:

"The new position of the advancing man has all
the powers of the old, yet has them all new. It
carries in its bosom all the energies of the past,
yet is itself an exhalation of the morning. I cast
away in this new moment all my once hoarded
knowledge, as vacant and vain." 

Harold Bloom on Emerson:

"Emerson may not have invented the American
Sublime, yet he took eternal possession of it." 

Wallace Stevens on the American Sublime:

"And the sublime comes down
To the spirit itself,

The spirit and space,
The empty spirit
In vacant space."

A founding member of the Metaphysical Club:

See also the eightfold cube.

Rieff on Emerson

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Emerson’s Surprises

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A passage quoted here Wednesday, Nov. 23

The exploding cigar and peanut-can snake of the previous post
suggest that the source of the above "series of surprises" 
be made clear. It is not Stevens, but Emerson.


Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 7:00 AM

See as well a related Google search.

Friday, November 25, 2016

The Correlative Skeleton

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

Related material from this journal —

Spirit and Space

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For those who prefer stories

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Tuesday February 13, 2007

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 5:24 AM
Modern Times
vs. City Lights

Bob Dylan Wins a Folk Grammy

"Modern Times, his first album since Love and Theft, debuted at No. 1
on the US pop charts last September. At 65, Dylan became the oldest
living person to achieve this feat."  –New Zealand Herald, Feb. 12

From an entry of 
October 29, 2004:

"Each epoch has its singer."
Jack London,
    Oakland, California, 1901

"Anything but the void. And so we keep hoping to luck into a winning combination, to tap into a subtle harmony, trying like lock pickers to negotiate a compromise with the 'mystery tramp,' as Bob Dylan put it…."
— Dennis Overbye,
   Quantum Baseball,
   New York Times,
   Oct.  26, 2004

"You said you'd never compromise
With the mystery tramp,
    but now you realize
He's not selling any alibis
As you stare into
    the vacuum of his eyes
And ask him do you want to
    make a deal?"
— Bob Dylan,
    Like a Rolling Stone

"Climbing up on 
Solsbury Hill"

In today's meditation for
the Church of Peter Gabriel,
Dennis Overbye plays
the role of Jack Horner.

Jack Horner with Christmas pie

(See Overbye on Sagan in today's
New York Times, Sagan on Pi,
and Pi Day at Harvard.)

For more on Jack Horner, see
The Rise and Fall
of Popular Music
by Donald Clarke,
Chapter One.

For two contrasting approaches
to popular music, see two artists
whose birthdays are today:

Peter Hook and Peter Gabriel

In other Grammy news–
At the end of Sunday's awards,

"Scarlett Johansson and Don Henley
 put themselves in the pole position
to star in a remake of 'Adam's Rib'
with the following exchange:

Henley: So you're recording
your first album?

Johansson: Yeah. Do you
have any advice for me?

Henley: No."

David Marchese, Salon.com

"Her wall is filled with pictures,
she gets 'em one by one….

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