Saturday, August 15, 2009 1:00 PM
Annals of Philosophy--
" ... to apprehend
The point of intersection of the timeless
With time, is an occupation for the saint"
-- Four Quartets
|Today in History
Today is Saturday, Aug. 15, the 227th day of 2009. There are 138 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Aug. 15, 1945, Japanese Emperor Hirohito announced to his subjects in a prerecorded radio address that Japan had accepted terms of surrender for ending World War II.
On this date:
In 1057, Macbeth, King of Scots, was killed in battle by Malcolm, the eldest son of King Duncan, whom Macbeth had slain.
"Life's but a walking shadow, a poor playerQuine:
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Saturday, August 15, 2009 11:09 AM
Annals of Religion--An Honest Question:
"The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 15 August....Also on today's date (AP, Today in History)--
...has a double object: (1) the happy departure of Mary from this life; (2) the assumption of her body into heaven. It is the principal feast of the Blessed Virgin....Note: By promulgating the Bull Munificentissimus Deus, 1 November, 1950, Pope Pius XII declared infallibly that the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary was a dogma of the Catholic Faith."
"In 1998, 29 people were killed by a car bomb that tore apart the center of Omagh, Northern Ireland; a splinter group calling itself the Real IRA claimed responsibility."On the same day in 1998, The New York Times published Sarah Boxer's century-end summary:
Friday, August 14, 2009 10:31 AM
Zen and the Art: A Chautauqua--Week Seven – Imagine…
"Amphitheater – George Kembel –George Kembel is a co-founder and currently the executive director of the Stanford d.school, also known as the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University...."
"Plattner is said to be the 11th richest man in Germany with an estimated fortune of 5 billion USD, according to Forbes....
Plattner is a major owner of the San Jose Sharks hockey team...."
Friday, August 14, 2009 10:10 AM
Metaphor for Morphean morphosis,
Dreams that wake, transform, and die,
Calm and lucid this psychosis,
Joyce's nightmare in Escher's eye.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 12:00 PM
Naturalized Epistemology, continued:
1977, page 162:
"A new headline, this one
dated April 10...."
"The item on the next page
was a mere squib, dated
four months later...."
10-- Good Friday-- See
The Paradise of Childhood.
Four months later-- Aug. 10--
"When he thought of the old man
he could see him suddenly
in a field in the spring,
trying to move a gray boulder."
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 11:07 AM
For Stephen King, continued:
Monday, August 10, 2009 9:29 PM
Annals of Religion:
Monday, August 10, 2009 12:00 PM
Annals of Aesthetics, continued:Pictures Within Pictures
Sunday, August 9, 2009 4:00 PM
Today's Sermon, continued:
Sunday, August 9, 2009 9:11 AM
Today's Sermon:Unfriendly Persuasion
Sunday, August 9, 2009 2:45 AM
Quarter to Three, continued:On the Waterfront
Friday, August 7, 2009 9:29 PM
Annals of Aesthetics, continued:Angel and Beast
"Pierson listed his favorite movies as
the Italian and French films that, after
World War II, captivated him and his
'Those movies were overwhelmingly
fascinating to us, and changed the way
in which we saw movies, and the way we
saw our lives and what we wanted to do
with ourselves,' he said. 'There were so
many that were absolutely marvelous.'
Such movies are not made any
more, Pierson said, and the quality
of the movies now pale in comparison
to those of the 1970s and 1980s.
About once a year, the Coen brothers
release a movie, and Woody Allen
'occasionally' makes a good film,
Pierson said. But the mainstream movies
that are shown in the multiplexes now
are geared toward only one audience:
young men with disposable incomes.
'That's really catering so extensively
to a rather limited audience-- a mentally
retarded and emotionally stunted
audience at that-- that there's not a lot left
over for the rest of us,' Pierson said."
Thursday, August 6, 2009 1:44 PM
Block that Metaphor:
"The movie 'On the Waterfront' is once more in rerun. (That’s when Marlon Brando looked like Marlon Brando. That’s the scary part of growing old when you see what he looked like then and when he grew old.) It is based on a book by Budd Schulberg."Emerson goes on to discuss the book, Waterfront, that Schulberg wrote based on his screenplay--
"In it, you may remember a scene where Runty Nolan, a little guy, runs afoul of the mob and is brutally killed and tossed into the North River. A priest is called to give last rites after they drag him out."
Thursday, August 6, 2009 6:00 AM
Kind of Blue:
Wednesday, August 5, 2009 11:30 PM
Annals of Aesthetics, continued:
"July 20, 1969, was the moment NASA needed, more than anything else in this world, the Word. But that was something NASA's engineers had no specifications for. At this moment, that remains the only solution to recovering NASA's true destiny, which is, of course, to build that bridge to the stars."
"Kaleidoscope turning... Shifting pattern within
Shifting pattern within
Paul Newall, "Kieślowski's Three Colours Trilogy"--The above photo of Juliette Binoche in Blue accompanying the quotations from Zelazny illustrates Kieślowski's concept, with graphic designs instead of musical notes. Some of the same designs are discussed in Abstraction and the Holocaust (Mark Godfrey, Yale University Press, 2007). (See the Log24 entries of June 11, 2009.)
"Julie recognises the music of the busker outside playing a recorder as that of her husband's. When she asks him where he heard it, he replies that he makes up all sorts of things. This is an instance of a theory of Kieślowski's that 'different people, in different places, are thinking the same thing but for different reasons.' With regard to music in particular, he held what might be characterised as a Platonic view according to which notes pre-exist and are picked out and assembled by people. That these can accord with one another is a sign of what connects people, or so he believed."
"Jeffrey Overstreet, in his book Through a Screen Darkly, comments extensively on Blue. He says these stones 'are like strands of suspended crystalline tears, pieces of sharp-edged grief that Julie has not been able to express.'....For such a spirit, compare Binoche's blue mobile in Blue with Binoche's gathered shards in Bee Season.
Throughout the film the color blue crops up, highlighting the mood of Julie's grief. A blue light occurs frequently, when Julie is caught by some fleeting memory. Accompanied by strains of an orchestral composition, possibly her husband's, these blue screen shots hold for several seconds while Julie is clearly processing something. The meaning of this blue light is unexplained. For Overstreet, it is the spirit of reunification of broken things."
-- Martin Baggs at Mosaic Movie Connect Group on Sunday, March 15, 2009. (Cf. Log24 on that date.)
Tuesday, August 4, 2009 7:59 PM
Meet Mr. Black, or:
Tuesday, August 4, 2009 12:25 PM
Show and Tell:
Tuesday, August 4, 2009 8:00 AM
Annals of Narrative:
The Aleph (July
Click on the aleph for details.
Monday, August 3, 2009 7:11 AM
ART WARS continued:
Log24 on Thursday, July 30, 2009
Annals of Aesthetics, continued:Academy Awards
"First of all, I'd like
to thank the Academy."
-- Remark attributed to Plato
"A poem cannot exhaust reality,
but it can arrest it."
-- At War with the Word:
Literary Theory and
by R. V. Young,
Boston Herald - - 6 hours ago
CHILMARK - Black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. has received numerous death threats since he accused a white officer of ...
The Daily Inquirer - 4 hours ago
Henry Louis Gates Jr. said yesterday that Harvard University suggested he move after receiving numerous death threats since he accused a white officer of ...
NECN - 9 hours ago
... Gates spoke at a book signing on Martha's Vineyard. He also said that he has received death and bomb threats after the incident at his Cambridge home. ...
The Associated Press - - 17 hours ago
Gates said he received numerous threats after the incident, including an e-mail that read, "You should die, you're a racist." Gates has changed his e-mail ...
Cape Cod Times - - 4 hours ago
As a result of death threats and bomb threats, he hasn't returned to his Cambridge home, leased from Harvard University. The university has encouraged him ...
Worcester Telegram - - 20 hours ago
Gates, who spoke at a book signing on Martha's Vineyard Sunday, says there also have been some serious moments. He says he received death and bomb threats ...
Sunday, August 2, 2009 8:20 PM
A Tale and Its Moral:
Sunday, August 2, 2009 11:32 AM
From Tinker Shuffle to...
Saturday, August 1, 2009 9:26 AM
Annals of Collective Consciousness: