Monday, August 14, 2006 5:30 PM
Monday, August 14, 2006
"... a point of common understanding between the classic and romantic worlds. Quality, the cleavage term between hip and square, seemed to be it. Both worlds used the term. Both knew what it was. It was just that the romantic left it alone and appreciated it for what it was and the classic tried to turn it into a set of intellectual building blocks for other purposes."
|In memory of |
who died Sunday,
August 13, 2006:
|In memory of|
who died Tuesday,
August 8, 2006:
A Living Church
on 52nd Street
on a summer night
in 1948, pictured in
Log24 on 4/25/06.
|Renegotiating Chinese Identity:|
Between Local Group
and National Ideology,
by Kristen Parris:
Center and Locality in China
|Via dell'Inferno |
"Most modern men
do not believe in hell
because they have
not been there."
-- Review of
Under the Volcano
The Death of Satan:
How Americans Have
Lost the Sense of Evil
-- Title of book by
Song based on
"The serpent's eyes shine
as he wraps
around the vine
in the Garden of Allah."
-- Don Henley
Friday, August 11, 2006 11:07 PM
Adapted from August 7:
"Saomai, the Vietnamese name
for the planet Venus, was the
eighth major storm to hit China
during an unusually violent
-- AP online tonight
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor:
Wind and thunder:
the image of Increase.
Thus the superior man:
If he sees good,
he imitates it;
If he has faults,
he rids himself of them.
-- Hexagram 42
For further details,
see recent entries
Symmetry and Change
In the Dreamtime.
Update of 1:06 AM ET
My father could use a little mercy now
My brother could use a little mercy now
My church and my country could use a little mercy now
Every living thing could use a little mercy now
Yeah, we all could use a little mercy now
Friday, August 11, 2006 7:00 PMCatechism
Friday, August 11, 2006 2:16 PM
Absinthe makes the
heart grow fonder...
It goes elastic,
-- Kylie Minogue
Log24 on 8/8/06:
New York Times
Wednesday, August 9, 2006 10:00 PMNight Listener
Wednesday, August 9, 2006 7:20 PM
Wednesday, August 9, 2006 2:02 PM
Tuesday, August 8, 2006 8:00 PM
The Crimson Passion
From The Harvard Crimson today:
Ned Lamont '76 faces voters
today in Connecticut's primary
"Lamont was a fourth generation legacy student whose great-grandfather-- Thomas W. Lamont, class of 1892-- was a partner at J.P. Morgan and the donor who gave Lamont Library its name."
There was an article on
that center of learning
in The Harvard Crimson
on May 18, 2006:
"What are you looking at, sugar tits?"
(Courtesy of Mel Gibson,
Tuesday, August 8, 2006 12:00 AM
Mel Gibson in
Monday, August 7, 2006 12:00 PMART WARS continued
Adapted from Rick McKee,
Augusta Chronicle, Aug. 2, 2006
Click on picture for details.
"David Stuart, a University of Texas master of Maya writing, stopped by and tried to be helpful....
a playfulness to the script,' Dr. Stuart said. 'It was not a writing
system that was necessarily there to be as clear as it could be. It was
communicating language, but it was doing it as art.'"
-- My Maya Crash Course
in The New York Times
of May 16, 2006
"... apocalypto means to open up
and to show the truth...."
-- UCLA's Anthropoetics
Log24, May 16, 2006
Sunday, August 6, 2006 7:00 PM
|to put one's back
|to up the ante
||den Einsatz erhöhen|
|to debrief||den Einsatz|
|to be on duty
||im Einsatz sein|
|mil.to be in action||im Einsatz sein|
|to play for
"His music had of course come from
Russian folk sources and from Rimsky-Korsakov and from other
predecessors, in the way that all radical art has roots. But to be a
true modernist, a cosmopolitan in the twentieth century, it was
necessary to seem to disdain nationalism, to be perpetually, heroically
novel-- the more aloof, the better. 'Cold and transparent, like an
"extra dry" champagne, which gives no sensation of sweetness, and does
not enervate, like other varieties of that drink, but burns,'
Stravinsky said about his own Octet, Piano Concerto, and Piano Sonata.
The description might be applied to works by Picasso or Duchamp."
-- Michael Kimmelman in
The New York Review of Books,
issue dated Aug. 10, 2006
But the description
certainly applies to
"... like an 'extra dry' champagne,
which gives no sensation of
sweetness, and does not enervate."
For more on the
"Ice 9" figure, see
Sunday, August 6, 2006 2:14 PM
"One [feature of goodness] is that a player interacting with good persons are assessed by what he does. Cooperation with good individuals should be good and defection against good ones should be bad. The second feature should we consider with much emphasis: a good player who refused to help a bad person must be labeled good. This enables players facing cheaters to refuse help without worrying about the influence of the action on their own good reputation."
In other words,
"... a person in good standing falls into bad if and only if he fails to cooperate with an opponent in good standing. Even if he refuses to help an individual in bad standing, he does not lose his good standing. This is because the refusal is interpreted as punishment against a selfish individual (for studies on punishment, see Brandt and Sigmund (2003), Fehr and Gachter (2000), Fehr and Rockenbach (2003), and Henrich and Boyd (2001))."
See also Harry Truman and Hiroshima, on this date in 1945.
Hitler's Still Point:
A Hate Speech for Harvard
The 5 Log24 entries ending
with "Three in One" on
December 20, 2002
Satori at Pearl Harbor
Saturday, August 5, 2006 2:00 PM
Saturday, August 5, 2006 2:20 AM
Friday, August 4, 2006 9:00 PM
Friday, August 4, 2006 2:00 PM
Friday, August 4, 2006 4:01 AM
The Presbyterian Exorcist
In memory of
Charles W. Dunn, Harvard Professor of Celtic Languages and Literatures Emeritus, who died July 24, 2006, at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston at the age of 90. Dunn was master of Quincy House from 1966 to 1981.
"'He brought a taste of Scotland to the House, initiating an annual rite of exorcism in September to cleanse the place of evil spirits, during which a Scots bagpiper led a march of residents around the courtyard and Charles intoned an incantation while waving a large baton, banishing ghosts and other harbingers of ill will. His leadership was at its best during magnificent evenings in the Master's lodging when he taught guests Scottish country dances. Students were fond of him, and he of them.'
Born in Arbuthnott, Scotland, the son of a Presbyterian minister, Dunn began his schooling in Aberdeen and Edinburgh...."
-- Harvard University Gazette online, Aug. 2, 2006
In Memory of Wallace Stevens,
(also from Aug. 2, 2006),
Friday, August 4, 2006 2:56 AM
In memory of
"The grid is a staircase to the Universal....
We could think about Ad Reinhardt, who,
despite his repeated insistence that
'Art is art,'
ended up by painting a series of...
nine-square grids in which the motif
that inescapably emerges is
a Greek cross.
There is no painter in the West
who can be unaware of
the symbolic power
of the cruciform shape and the
Pandora's box of spiritual reference
that is opened once one uses it."
-- Rosalind Krauss in "Grids"
"Nine is a very powerful Nordic number."
-- Katherine Neville, author of The Eight
Apollo and Christ.
Friday, August 4, 2006 2:12 AM
Nov. 25, 2005
The 1974 video 'Hot Dog' shoots to the heart of the adolescent 'gross-out' as McCarthy tapes his penis into a hot dog bun, then packs his pie hole full of franks and wraps himself in gauze. Another piece from the 70s called 'Sailor's Meat' finds the artist dressed as a blonde hooker smeared with blood and 'knowing' a pile of raw meat....
often compare his work with that of the Viennese Actionists whose
performances were also characterized by gore, raw sexuality, and abused
The Wiener Kreis in
yesterday's 1:06 PM entry
and the five entries
ending the afternoon of
Nov. 25, 2005.
For an approach to art
more in the spirit of Apollo
than of Dionysus, see
Geometry for Jews.
Thursday, August 3, 2006 12:00 PMLet Noon Be Fair
"De veras! It's so romantic!"
-- Let Noon Be Fair, by Willard Motley
Wednesday, August 2, 2006 6:23 PMIn memory of Wallace Stevens,
Wednesday, August 2, 2006 1:06 PM
Jesus does come back, he will likely be wearing a tie-dyed shirt,
smoking a joint, flashing the peace sign and rocking rose-tinted
never wants people to forget that we are ultimately responsible for his
Lord's crucifixion. And by 'people' I mean 'the
-- Harvard Crimson,
Monday, Feb. 23, 2004,
by Erol N. Gulay
Billionaire Harvard Donor
Arrested For Soliciting Prostitutes
Epstein donated $30 million to Harvard in 2003; Law professor Alan Dershowitz has been hired to defend Epstein.
By KATHERINE M. GRAY
Monday, July 31, 2006 7:46 PM
Billionaire money manager Jeffrey Epstein, who donated $30 million to Harvard in 2003, has been charged with soliciting sex from prostitutes in his Palm Beach, Florida mansion-- and has hired Frankfurter Professor of Law Alan M. Dershowitz to serve in his defense.
The meditation below was suggested by this passage:
"... the belief that any sensible discourse had to be formulated within the rules of the scientific language, avoiding the non sense of the ordinary language. This belief, initially expressed by Wittgenstein as aphorisms, was later formalized by the Wiener Kreis [Vienna Circle] as a 'logical construction of the world'...."
-- Epithet applied in 2003 to
"Examples are the stained-glass
Wednesday, August 2, 2006 2:00 AM
-- Opening sentence of
Martha Cooley's The Archivist
"Frere Jacques, Cuernavaca,
ach du lieber August."
-- John O'Hara, Hope of Heaven, 1938
And now I was beginning to surmise:
Here was the library of Paradise.
Tuesday, August 1, 2006 2:56 PM
"I need a photo-opportunity,
I want a shot at redemption.
Don't want to end up a cartoon
In a cartoon graveyard."
Los Angeles County
This meditation is prompted by memories of suicidal alcoholics Hunter S. Thompson and Ernest Hemingway, as well as by the title of Mel Gibson's latest project, "Apocalypto."
A search on Gibson's film title leads to this quotation:
"And what does apocalypse mean? It means revelation: apocalypto means to open up and to show the truth. But it also means absolute violence, so the apocalypse is a violent revelation and a revelation of violence and immediately you see the relevance of this."
-- Interview with Rene Girard in the June 1996 issue of UCLA's Anthropoetics: The Journal of Generative Anthropology
It is by no means clear that "apocalypse" means "violence," let alone "absolute violence," except in the Christian tradition.
apocalyptic Christian violence, see "Apocalypse and Violence: The
Evidence from the Reception History of the Book of Revelation" (pdf), by Christopher Rowland of Oxford University.
As for "the relevance of this," see the definition of "generative anthropology" (GA) at
"The originary hypothesis of GA is that human language begins as an aborted gesture of appropriation representing--and thereby renouncing as sacred-- an object of potential mimetic rivalry. The strength of our mimetic intelligence makes us the only creatures for whom intraspecific violence is a greater threat to survival than the external forces of nature. Human language defers potential conflict by permitting each to possess the sign of the unpossessable object of desire-- the deferral of violence through representation."
Compare with the remarks of Jung on Transformation Symbolism in the Mass:
Antecedents and parallels are found for the ritual of the Christian religious Mass in Aztec, Mithraic and pagan religious practices. "The Aztecs make a dough figure of the god Huitzilopochtli, which is then symbolically killed, divided and consumed...."
Collected Works of C. G. Jung, Vol. 11. 2nd ed., Princeton University Press, 1969. (pp. 222-225)
Mel Gibson's interest in religion and violence is well known. His film "Apocalypto," scheduled for release on Dec. 8, 2006, deals with human sacrifice among the Maya, rather than the Aztecs or Jews. (Cf. Abraham and "Highway 61 Revisited.")It seems unlikely that Mel will learn more about these issues in his recovery program. Too bad.