Monday, September 9, 2019

ART WARS at Harvard: The Wertham Professorship

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:38 PM

See as well an obituary for Mrs. Wertham from 1987.

Related art —

Friday, July 11, 2014

Spiegel-Spiel des Gevierts

Filed under: Uncategorized — m759 @ 12:00 PM 

See Cube Symbology.

Robert Langdon (played by Tom Hanks) and a corner of Solomon's Cube

Da hats ein Eck 

For further details, search the Web for "Wertham Professor" + Eck.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Art Wars for Spaceheads

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 4:52 PM

From a post of May 23

From the annals of Space Fleet

See as well the previous post.

Friday, September 28, 2018

ART WARS Midrash

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 AM

"When times are mysterious
Serious numbers
Will always be heard."
— Paul Simon,
"When Numbers Get Serious"

"There is a pleasantly discursive treatment of
Pontius Pilate's unanswered question 'What is truth?'"

— H. S. M. Coxeter, introduction to Richard J. Trudeau's remarks
on the "story theory" of truth as opposed to the "diamond theory"
of truth in The Non-Euclidean Revolution  (1987)

The deaths of Roth and Grünbaum on September 14th,
The Feast of the Holy Cross, along with Douthat's column
today titled "Only the Truth Can Save Us Now," suggest a
review of

Elements of Number Theory, by Vinogradov .

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

ART WARS: Poetry for Drama Queens

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 6:08 PM


Thursday, June 7, 2018

ART WARS for Hanna and Her Sisters

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:38 PM

In memory of David Douglas Duncan

"Marissa, we picked up an unencrypted signal
below the Arctic Circle." — Hanna  (2011)

Monday, February 12, 2018

Art Wars

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 8:55 AM

'In the end the space itself is the star'— Gia Kourlas

See also Krauss Cross.

Saturday, April 1, 2017


Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:09 PM


Show me all  the blueprints.”
— Howard Hughes, according to Hollywood

From an old Dick Tracy strip —

This journal in April 2006

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix06/060414-Finis.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

Cleaning out her studio, Oslo artist Josefine Lyche 
has found some frames from an old art-school audition video —

(Click to enlarge.)

      * Search for "st.+peter"+eve+adam+"first+words"

Monday, December 19, 2016


Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 10:25 PM

See also all posts now tagged Memory, History, Geometry.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

ART WARS continued…

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:00 PM


Monday, July 18, 2016

ART WARS: Magic Circles

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:01 AM

An artist mentioned in  a NY Times  obituary  this morning —

(Click for the source.)

I prefer some not-so-magic circles —

Primitive roots modulo 17 and a related figure

Click for related posts tagged root circle.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Art Wars

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:45 AM

Wil S. Hylton today in the online New York Times

"It seems to me now, with greater reflection,
that the value of experiencing another person’s art
is not merely the work itself, but the opportunity
it presents to connect with the interior impulse of another.
The arts occupy a vanishing space in modern life:
They offer one of the last lingering places to seek out
empathy for its own sake, and to the extent that
an artist’s work is frustrating or difficult or awful,
you could say this allows greater opportunity to try to
meet it. I am not saying there is no room for discriminating 
taste and judgment, just that there is also, I think,
this other portal through which to experience creative work
and to access a different kind of beauty, which might be
called communion."

Or damnation.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

ART WARS: The Story of Four

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:00 AM

The title is a reference to the Chicago character named "Four"
in Veronica Roth's Divergent  series.

"In July 2014, Roth revealed that she initially wrote 
Divergent  from Four's point of view . . . ." — Wikipedia

Other Chicago-related stories — "Raiders of the Lost Code
(on the recent murder-suicide of two Chicago Jungians)
and the following —

See also Jungian narrative art in


Friday, May 6, 2016

ART WARS continues…

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 AM

"Again, in spite of that, we call this Friday good."
— T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets

From this journal on Orthodox Good Friday, 2016,
an image from New Scientist  on St. Andrew's Day, 2015 —

From an old Dick Tracy strip —

See also meditations from this year's un -Orthodox Good Friday
in a Tennessee weblog and in this  journal

" There is a pleasantly discursive treatment 
of Pontius Pilate’s unanswered question
‘What is truth?’ ”

— Coxeter, 1987, introduction to Trudeau’s
     The Non-Euclidean Revolution

Monday, December 28, 2015

ART WARS Continues

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 9:00 PM

Combining two headlines from this morning’s
New York Times  and Washington Post , we have

Deceptively Simple Geometries
on a Bold Scale

     Voilà —

Click image for details.

More generally, see
Boole vs. Galois.

Monday, December 21, 2015

ART WARS (continued)

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:22 AM

Today in History —

"On December 21, 1937, 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'
premiered to a record-breaking audience at the Carthay Circle
Theatre in Los Angeles."

Related material: Today's previous post and the Red Book.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Art Wars

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:17 PM

In memory of art dealer Leslie Waddington, who
reportedly died at 81 on St. Andrew's Day, 2015, 
a search for "Terry Frost" in this journal.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ART WARS continued

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 8:29 PM

The previous post mentioned a new mobile, "Triangle Constellation,"
commissioned for the Harvard Art Museums.

Related material (click to enlarge) —

The above review is of an exhibition by the "Constellation" artist,
Carlos Amorales, that opened on Sept. 26, 2008 — "just in time for
Halloween and the Day of the Dead."

See also this  journal on that date.

Friday, June 6, 2014

ART WARS: Fundamentals of Design

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:15 PM

Thanks to the Museum of Modern Art for pointing out
a new emphasis on design  in U.S. Army Field Manual 5-0.
MoMA supplies a link to an article from May 3, 2010:

Design Thinking Comes to the U.S. Army.

An excerpt from the manual:

An approach to this text by Harvard's legendary "unreliable reader"—

The Unreliable Narrator meets The Unreliable Reader
Aaron Diaz at Dresden Codak

"The risks multiply, especially when a problem involves 26 March 2010…."

Thursday, May 1, 2014


Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:44 AM

(Continued from Tuesday morning)

IMAGE- Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher

… Or what’s a heaven for?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Art Wars

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

For the late Allen E. Puckett, Hughes Aircraft engineer and CEO,
who reportedly died at 94 on March 31 (the birthday of René Descartes) —

Monday, March 31, 2014

Art Wars for Coxeter

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 10:30 PM

Geometer H. S. M. Coxeter died on this date in 2003.

This evening’s daily number from the Keystone state:   822.

IMAGE- Review of 'Geometry of the I Ching'

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Art Wars

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:00 PM

Frederick Hart’s 1982 sculpture “Ex Nihilo” for Washington’s National Cathedral—

Related material — Tom Wolfe on Frederick Hart, said to have been
published in The New York Times Magazine  of Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000—

In 1982, Ex Nihilo  was unveiled in a dedication ceremony. The next day, Hart scanned the newspapers for reviews… The Washington PostThe New York Times… nothing… nothing the next day, either… nor the next week… nor the week after that. The one mention of any sort was an obiter dictum in The Post ‘s Style (read: Women’s) section indicating that the west facade of the cathedral now had some new but earnestly traditional (read: old-fashioned) decoration. So Hart started monitoring the art magazines. Months went by… nothing. It reached the point that he began yearning for a single paragraph by an art critic who would say how much he loathed Ex Nihilo… anything, anything at all!… to prove there was someone out there in the art world who in some way, however slightly or rudely, cared.

The truth was, no one did, not in the least. Ex Nihilo  never got ex nihilo  simply because art worldlings refused to see it.

Art worldings are one thing, Hollywood another.

Al Pacino’s moving wall sculpture in “The Devil’s Advocate” (1997)—

“After the film’s initial release, sculptor Frederick Hart sued Warner Bros.
claiming that a large sculpture prominently featured in the film
(on the wall of Al Pacino’s penthouse apartment) is an unauthorized copy
of his work ‘Ex Nihilo,’ displayed at the entrance of Washington’s Episcopal
National Cathedral.” — IMDb

Thursday, March 6, 2014

ART WARS (continued)

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:04 PM

See “But is it Art?,” linked to here and here

Saturday, February 1, 2014

ART WARS (continued)

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

A sequel to Friday afternoon's Diamond Star

Diamond Star —


Log24 on January 7, 2012 —

A doodle from this year's [2012’s]  Feast of the Epiphany


A doodle based on today's previous post and on
a post for Twelfth Night, 2003

IMAGE- Quilt blocks- Devil's Claws and Yankee Puzzle

IMAGE- 'Yankee Doodle went to London' with musical notes

Context — All posts tagged "Eden."

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:00 AM

Continued from Pensée  (Feb. 10, 2012).*

Nick Paumgarten in The New Yorker  of Dec. 2, 2013—

" When one speaks of Zwirner the gallerist, one is speaking
as much of a handful of women in their forties who have been
with the gallery fifteen or more years. Zwirner has made them
partners, meaning, he says, that they 'will participate in profits
as the gallery does well.' They are Angela Choon, who runs the
London gallery; Hanna Schouwink, from Holland; Bellatrix Hubert,
from France; and Kristine Bell, from outside Buffalo. Seeing them
all together, at an opening or a dinner, brings to mind David
Carradine’s gang of glamorous assassins in 'Kill Bill.' " 

See also the previous post, on An Object of Beauty.

* For some related art, see Square Round.

Thursday, November 21, 2013


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

The Mitgang Menu

Related material: This morning's 6 AM post and Wiener News.

Update of 3:29 PM:

From Herbert Mitgang's New York Times  
obituary of Cleanth Brooks

"The New Critics advocated close reading of literary texts
and detailed analysis, concentrating on semantics, meter,
imagery, metaphor and symbol as well as references to
history, biography and cultural background."

Monday, September 9, 2013

ART WARS Midrash

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 5:48 PM

Poster shown here last night

IMAGE- Poster for film 'MAX'- 'Art + Politics = Power'

Politics this afternoon —

IMAGE- News: Norway's center-right heads for big win.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 11:00 AM

(Continued from 24 hours ago and from May 9, 2012)

Quoted 24 hours ago in this journal—

Remark by Aldous Huxley on an artist's work:

"All the turmoil, all the emotions of the scenes
have been digested by the mind into a
grave intellectual whole."

Quoted in a video uploaded on May 9, 2012:

Norway Toilet Scene
IMAGE- Privy scene from 'Headhunters'

Norway dance (as interpreted by an American)

IMAGE- 'The geometry of the dance' is that of a tetrahedron, according to Peter Pesic

I prefer a different, Norwegian, interpretation of "the dance of four."

Related material: The clash between square and tetrahedral versions of PG(3,2).

Thursday, June 20, 2013

ART WARS: Chesterton Thursday

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

The New York Times  philosophy column "The Stone"
last evening had an essay on art by a sarcastic anarchist,
one Crispin Sartwell

"… whole generations of art lovers have been
trained in modernist dogma, and arts institutions’
access to various forms of state or foundation
support depend on it completely. One goes to
the museum to gasp at stunning works of
incomparable, super-human genius by beings
who are infinitely more exalted and important
than the mere humans staring at their paintings.
That’s why ordinary people staring at a Picasso
(allegedly) experience a kind of transcendence
or re-articulation of their lives and world."

 Cubism Re-Articulated:

  Click image for some backstory.

(IMAGE: Walter Gropius and Froebel's Third Gift,
from a Google image search today)

Background: Cubism in this journal and
Pilate Goes to Kindergarten.

Related material: Chesterton + Thursday in this journal.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Art Wars for Odin’s Day

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:25 PM

Click to enlarge.

Click to enlarge.

Click for story.

"By groping toward the light we are made to realize how deep the darkness is around us."

— Arthur Koestler, The Call Girls: A Tragi-Comedy , Random House, 1973, page 118

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Art Wars (continued)

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 5:01 PM

This Way to the Egress:

Click images for some background.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Art Wars:

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:11 AM

Monolith for Maggie, continued from yesterday

"The young woman counted—
'Otu, abua, ato, ano, ise, isii, asaa'—
using what remained to her of
the secret language…."

— Opening sentence of the prologue to The Choir Boats,
a 2009 novel by Daniel A. Rabuzzi

The piano link in today's previous post suggests a review
of a post from Feb. 11, 2008. That post suggests in turn
a passage from the Trevanian classic The Eiger Sanction
that says, in part…

"Often it was unnecessary to finish a sentence…."

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Art Wars (continued)

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 8:00 PM

Today's previous post, "For Odin's Day," discussed 
a mathematical object, the tesseract, from a strictly
narrative point of view.

In honor of George Balanchine, Odin might yield the
floor this evening to Apollo.

From a piece in today's online New York Times  titled
"How a God Finds Art (the Abridged Version)"—

"… the newness at the heart of this story,
in which art is happening for the first time…."

Some related art

IMAGE- Figure from Plato's Meno in version by Benjamin Jowett, Master of Balliol College, Oxford

and, more recently

This more recent figure is from Ian Stewart's 1996 revision 
of a 1941 classic, What Is Mathematics? , by Richard Courant
and Herbert Robbins.

Apollo might discuss with Socrates how the confused slave boy
of Plato's Meno  would react to Stewart's remark that

"The number of copies required to double an
 object's size depends on its dimension."

Apollo might also note an application of Socrates' Meno  diagram
to the tesseract of this afternoon's Odin post


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Art Wars

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 9:16 PM

For art collector Herbert Vogel,
who reportedly died today

IMAGE- Herbert Vogel with abstract half-circle art in 1978

Philip Kennicott in The Washington Post , July 3, 2009— 

"The Vogels help allay deep cultural fears
within the art world— fears that art is elitist,
or some kind of confidence game,
or not a serious endeavor (a fear that has
dogged art since at least the time of Plato)."

Some related material from finitegeometry.org,
offered without comment—

IMAGE- 1975 half-circle art by Cullinane based on work in 1960s by Swiss artist Paul Talman

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

ART WARS (continued)

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 PM

On author Paul Fussell, who died today—

"Vincent B. Sherry, writing* in The Cambridge Companion
to the Literature of the First World War
, called Mr. Fussell’s
book 'the fork in the road for Great War criticism.'" 
Christopher Lehmann-Haupt in The New York Times

"When you come to a fork in the road…"

Alyssa Milano as a child, with fork

* Actually, the writing was by James Campbell. Sherry was the book's editor.
   See Campbell's "Interpreting the War," pp. 261-279 of the 2005 (first) printing.
   The fork is on page 267.

   Update of 9:26 PM— In the latest  version of Lehmann-Haupt's article, the fork
   has disappeared. But Campbell's writing is still misidentified as Sherry's.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

ART WARS continued

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 1:06 PM

On the Complexity of Combat—

(Click to enlarge.)

The above article (see original pdf), clearly of more 
theoretical than practical interest, uses the concept
of "symmetropy" developed by some Japanese

For some background from finite geometry, see
Symmetry of Walsh Functions. For related posts
in this journal, see Smallest Perfect Universe.

Update of 7:00 PM EST Feb. 9, 2012—

Background on Walsh-function symmetry in 1982—

(Click image to enlarge. See also original pdf.)

Note the somewhat confusing resemblance to
a four-color decomposition theorem
used in the proof of the diamond theorem

Friday, December 23, 2011

Art Wars

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:24 AM

The reference in yesterday morning's post "The Speed of Thought"
to an art critic's webpage on what she calls "psychic art"
suggests an illustration of another sort of psychic art, from
the oeuvre  of the late film director Don Sharp

IMAGE- Heirloom Cross from 'Psychomania'

See also a Log24 post, "Go Ask Alice," from the above video's uploading date.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

ART WARS continued:

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 5:01 AM

The Bauhaus Dance


See also The Ya Ya Mandorla




Tuesday, June 28, 2011

ART WARS continued

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 1:00 PM

See the signature link in last night's post for a representation of Madison Avenue.

For a representation by  Madison Avenue, see today's New York Times—

IMAGE- Butter-Cow Lady, NY Math Museum, and World-as-Rubik-Cube ad

"As a movement Pop Art came and went in a flash, but it was the kind of flash that left everything changed. The art public was now a different public— larger, to be sure, but less serious, less introspective, less willing or able to distinguish between achievement and its trashy simulacrum. Moreover, everything connected with the life of art— everything, anyway, that might have been expected to offer some resistance to this wholesale vulgarization and demoralization— was now cheapened and corrupted. The museums began their rapid descent into show biz and the retail trade. Their exhibitions were now mounted like Broadway shows, complete with set designers and lighting consultants, and their directors pressed into service as hucksters, promoting their wares in radio and television spots and selling their facilities for cocktail parties and other entertainments, while their so-called education programs likewise degenerated into sundry forms of entertainment and promotion. The critics were co-opted, the art magazines commercialized, and the academy, which had once taken a certain pride in remaining aloof from the blandishments of the cultural marketplace, now proved eager to join the crowd— for there was no longer any standard in the name of which a sellout could be rejected. When the boundary separating art and fashion was breached, so was the dividing line between high art and popular culture, and upon all those institutions and professions which had been painstakingly created to preserve high art from the corruptions of popular culture. The effect was devastating. Some surrendered their standards with greater alacrity than others, but the drift was unmistakable and all in the same direction— and the momentum has only accelerated with the passage of time."

— Hilton Kramer, The Triumph of Modernism: The Art World, 1985-2005 , publ. by Ivan R. Dee on Oct. 26, 2006, pp. 146-147

Related material— Rubik in this journal, Exorcist in this journal, and For the Class of '11.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

ART WARS continued

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 8:06 PM

This evening's New York Times  obituaries—


A work of art suggested by the first and third items above—


I prefer a work of art that is structurally similar—

IMAGE- The Klein group as art

and is related to a picture, Portrait of O, from October 1, 1983—

IMAGE- A work by Cullinane pirated by artist Steve RIchards in his contribution to London's 'Piracy Project'

For a recent unexpected Web appearance of Portrait of O,
aee Abracadabra from the midnight of June 18-19.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

ART WARS continued

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 PM

Part I— A Naples, Florida obituary for artist Robert Vickrey, who died Sunday.
            (See also this evening's earlier post Soul Art.)

Part II— "Stairway to Heaven," by Vickrey

Part III— Definition of "cornette"

Part IV— Recent photo of artist Josefine Lyche

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

ART WARS continued

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:29 PM

Escape from Kitsch Mountain

"Why you gotta be so mean?" — Taylor Swift (see last night)

This song includes, as part of the hook, the recurring phrase

"Someday I'll be livin' in a big ol' city."

From a big ol' city


A Return to Kitsch Mountain


Published in The New York Times  on January 16, 2009

As my girlfriend, Larissa, and I approached Gatlinburg, Tenn., this fall, I did my best to prepare her. She hadn’t been to Gatlinburg before, but I had. I understood the town’s complicated reputation both as a gateway to some of the most beautiful country in the United States— the Great Smoky Mountains National Park— and as a flamboyant capital of kitsch….

… It turned out that by 8 or 9 p.m., it was way too late to find a dinner show. The next morning, we had the opposite problem. By the time we woke up and wandered into Gatlinburg, it was noon. All the pancake houses were closed, and I was desolate. I had been thinking about those pancakes since the night before. So we did a little more sightseeing on foot.

Looking at Gatlinburg’s strip with adult eyes, I wondered how much self-awareness was at work there. It would be easy for a city slicker to assume this place misses its own punch lines. In truth, I decided, it merely embraces that special brand of conscious kitsch that forms its own American kind of authenticity. With all its absurdities, Gatlinburg knows what it is and proclaims it loudly, from one flashing signboard to the next….

From Gatlinburg—

(Click to enlarge.)


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Art Wars continued…

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:44 AM


Click for higher quality.


Monday, November 29, 2010


Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:56 PM

Stella Octangula


In memory of Irvin Kershner,
director of A FIne Madness  and
The Empire Strikes Back

Kershner reportedly died at 87 on Saturday.

Sunday, October 31, 2010


Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:00 AM

Keanu vs. the Devil, continued

IMAGE- Still from 'Devil's Advocate' (also starring Charlize Theron)

Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves in Devil's Advocate

For Keanu —

IMAGE- 'Cambridge Tracts in Mathematics 168: The Cube'

(Click for some background.)

For Keanu's mentor —

                                  …    There is a Cave
Within the Mount of God, fast by his Throne,
Where light and darkness in perpetual round
Lodge and dislodge by turns, which makes through Heav'n
Grateful vicissitude, like Day and Night….

Paradise Lost , by John Milton


Click on figure for details.


Al Pacino in Devil's Advocate
as attorney John Milton

Friday, June 25, 2010

ART WARS continued

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 9:00 PM

The Dream of
the Expanded Field

Image-- 4x4 square and 4x4x4 cube

See The Klein Correspondence.

Friday, June 4, 2010

ART WARS continued

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

Today's New York Times

Art Review

Painting Thin Air, Sometimes in Bright Blue

(“Yves Klein: With the Void, Full Powers”
  runs through Sept. 12 at the Hirshhorn.)

Related material—

Search this journal for klein + paris.

See also Art Space (May 22, 2010)—

Box symbol

Pictorial version
of Hexagram 20,
Contemplation (View)


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

ART WARS continued

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 2:01 AM

Darkness Visible

The inevitable tribute to Martin Gardner
has now appeared at the AMS website—

Image-- American Mathematical Society (AMS) tribute to Martin Gardner, May 25, 2010

Related Imagery—

The following is an image from Saturday morning—

Image-- 'Darkness Visible,' a picture from Log24 on Saturday, May 22, 2010

See also Art Wars and
Mathematics and Narrative.

Friday, March 26, 2010

ART WARS: Hooligan

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:11 AM

You Can't Make This Stuff Up


Art review by Holland Cotter in The New York Times this morning–

"Although Confucius initially escaped severe censure by Mao, in the early 1970s he became 'No. 1 hooligan,' the embodiment of the hated 'four olds' (old culture, old ideology, old customs and old habits), a symbol of ruling-class oppression."

For another hooligan fond of old customs, see yesterday's post and Sterling Hayden in "The Asphalt Jungle"–

James Whitmore and Sterling Hayden in 1950-- Year of the Hooligan

Related material:

China's Cultural Revolution portrayed Confucius as the 'number one hooligan' (Yale U. Press, 2001)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

ART WARS: Sunday’s Theater

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:56 PM

Yesterday's post on Sabbath's Theater, the 1995 novel by Philip Roth, posed the problem of why Roth would make his friend, painter R. B. Kitaj, the model for the novel's obnoxious protagonist. (See Wikipedia's claim, below, that this happened.)


Here is a possible explanation for the Wikipedia claim–

Sunday's Theater

Saturday, March 13, 2010

ART WARS continued…

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 5:01 PM

Remember the Sabbath Day

Wikipedia states that painter R.B. Kitaj (see previous references) was the model for the protagonist of the Philip Roth novel Sabbath's Theater.

A Google search shows that the article (no longer online) on Kitaj cited as a source by Wikipedia does indeed make this claim– 

In-Your-Face Outsider | Jerusalem Report | Jerusalem Post
By MATT NESVISKY not least, Philip Roth, who modeled
the protagonist of the 1995 novel "Sabbath's Theater" largely after Kitaj.

The rest of Nesvisky's article may or may not support his claim. It is available by subscribing to HighBeam.

Related material–

The New York Times on Oct. 24, 2007–

R. B. Kitaj, Painter of Moody Human Dramas, Dies at 74

Ileana Sonnabend, Art World Figure, Dies at 92

Ileana Sonnabend’s eye, shrewdness and lasting alliance with her first husband, Leo Castelli, made her one of the most formidable contemporary art dealers of her time.

"Sonnabend" means "Saturday" in German.

Some say the Sabbath is Saturday, others say Sunday.

Here is the Log24 entry for the day that
Kitaj and Sonnabend died– a Sunday

Sunday October 21, 2007

10:31 AM


continued from
October 31, 2005

The image “http://www.log24.com/log/pix05B/Gameplayers12.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

From The Gameplayers of Zan

“The Game in the Ship cannot be approached as a job, a vocation, a career, or a recreation. To the contrary, it is Life and Death itself at work there. In the Inner Game, we call the Game Dhum Welur, the Mind of God. And that Mind is a terrible mind, that one may not face directly and remain whole. Some of the forerunners guessed it long ago– first the Hebrews far back in time, others along the way, and they wisely left it alone, left the Arcana alone.”

The New York Times on Sonnabend:

… Also talked about was the Sonnabend 1991 show of Jeff Koons’s “Made in Heaven” series of paintings and sculptures that showed the artist engaged in sexual acts with his wife, Ilona Staller.

Mrs. Sonnabend was variously described as “an iron marshmallow” and “a cross between Buddha and Machiavelli.” Short and plump, she was grandmotherly in appearance from a relatively early age due in part to an illness that necessitated a wig.

Her genteel, old Europe manner belied an often imperious yet bohemian and self-deprecating personality. Her soft, fluty voice often left a listener unprepared for the force of her comments, which she could deliver in at least five languages.

Happy Women's History Month.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

ART WARS continued…

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 PM

The Difference

There is a small but important difference
between "No One" and "No. One."

Images from a website in this journal
on June 10, 2009:
 Images from a website on race, politics, and religion

That website's author died this afternoon.

For related symbols, see the five Log24 entries
ending on June 10, 2009.

Note the resemblance of the following work
pictured here on that date


to the 1958 painting "No. One,"
by the late Kenneth Noland–


Friday, November 20, 2009


Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 AM

Only the Dead Know…

Philip Glass Opera 'Kepler' Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, in Brooklyn

Sunday, October 18, 2009

ART WARS for the Feast of St. Luke

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 AM

A Sermon from Christchurch
in The New York Times

Related material:

Zen and the Art
For the Burning Man

Saturday, May 11, 2019

The Babel Gift

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:17 PM

"In the story 'Guy de Maupassant' (completed 1922, published 1932) Babel, or at least a narrator we are led to suppose is Babel, pronounces: 'A phrase is born into the world good and bad at the same time. The secret rests in a barely perceptible turn. The lever must lie in one's hand and get warm. It must be turned once, and no more.' To him words are an army, 'an army in which all kinds of weapons are on the move. No iron can enter the human heart as chillingly as a full stop placed at the right time.' This iron, an aggressive partner to Kafka's 'axe for the frozen sea within us', is something Babel learned to wield with recurring, unerring accuracy."

Chris Power in The Guardian , 10 February 2012

See as well "Art Wars for Trotsky's Birthday"
and some historical background.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

A Titan of the Field

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 9:45 AM

On the late Cambridge astronomer Donald Lynden-Bell —

"As an academic at a time when students listened and lecturers lectured, he had the disconcerting habit of instead picking on a random undergraduate and testing them on the topic. One former student, now a professor, remembered how he would 'ask on-the-spot questions while announcing that his daughter would solve these problems at the breakfast table'.

He got away with it because he was genuinely interested in the work of his colleagues and students, and came to be viewed with great affection by them. He also got away with it because he was well established as a titan of the field."

The London Times  on Feb. 8, 2018, at 5 PM (British time)

Related material —

Two Log24 posts from yesteday, Art Wars and The Void.

See as well the field GF(9)


and the 3×3 grid as a symbol of Apollo
    (an Olympian rather than a Titan) —


Sunday, October 1, 2017

A Rosebud for Newhouse

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 6:06 PM

See the previous post and, from some April 1 ART WARS remarks 

Hard Candy on Good Friday 2006

See also reviews of  a new  Ellen Page film, "Flatliners."

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 2:00 PM

Notes on space for day 13 of May, 2015 —

The 13 symmetry axes of the cube may be viewed as
the 13 points of the Galois projective space PG(2,3).
This space (a plane) may also be viewed as the nine points
of the Galois affine space AG(2,3) plus the four points on
an added "line at infinity."

Related poetic material:

The ninefold square and Apollo, as well as 


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Colorful Tale

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 12:00 PM

(A sequel to yesterday's ART WARS and this
morning's De Colores )

“Perhaps the philosophically most relevant feature
of modern science is the emergence of abstract
symbolic structures as the hard core of objectivity
behind– as Eddington puts it– the colorful tale
of the subjective storyteller mind.” — Hermann Weyl
(Philosophy of  Mathematics and Natural Science ,
Princeton, 1949, p. 237)

See also Deathly Hallows.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Elements of Design

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:28 AM

From "How the Guggenheim Got Its Visual Identity,"
by Caitlin Dover, November 4, 2013 —

For the square and half-square in the above logo
as independent design elements, see 
the Cullinane diamond theorem.

For the circle and half-circle in the logo,
see Art Wars (July 22, 2012).

For a rectangular space that embodies the name of
the logo's design firm 2×4, see Octad in this journal.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 AM

Columbia University physics writer Peter Woit dubbed
yesterday Snowpocalypse 2015 in New York City.

Woit used the day to ponder a new book by mathematician
Michael Harris, Mathematics without Apologies .

Related material: a search for Michael Harris in this journal.

That search includes…   

The above art includes an image of William Rubin,
former director of painting and sculpture at the
Museum of Modern Art. Rubin reportedly died on
January 22, 2006. See Log24 posts from that date.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


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(Night at the Museum continues.)

"Strategies for making or acquiring tools

While the creation of new tools marked the route to developing the social sciences,
the question remained: how best to acquire or produce those tools?"

— Jamie Cohen-Cole, “Instituting the Science of Mind: Intellectual Economies
and Disciplinary Exchange at Harvard’s Center for Cognitive Studies,”
British Journal for the History of Science  vol. 40, no. 4 (2007): 567-597.

Obituary of a co-founder, in 1960, of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Harvard:

"Disciplinary Exchange" —

In exchange for the free Web tools of HTML and JavaScript,
some free tools for illustrating elementary Galois geometry —

The Kaleidoscope Puzzle,  The Diamond 16 Puzzle
The 2x2x2 Cube, and The 4x4x4 Cube

"Intellectual Economies" —

In exchange for a $10 per month subscription, an excellent
"Quilt Design Tool" —

This illustrates not geometry, but rather creative capitalism.

Related material from the date of the above Harvard death:  Art Wars.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

For the Perplexed

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:48 PM

From a New York Times  obituary by Bruce Weber tonight—

Charles Marowitz, Director and Playwright, Dies at 82

“There are two kinds of bafflement in the theater: the kind that fascinates as it perplexes, and the kind that just perplexes,” he wrote in The Times in 1969 in an essay about Mr. Shepard’s play “La Turista,” which had recently opened in London. “If a play doesn’t make quick sense, but enters into some kind of dialogue with our subconscious, we tend to admit it to that lounge where we entertain interesting-albeit-unfamiliar strangers.

“If it only baffles, there are several courses open to us: we can assume it is ‘above our heads’ or directed ‘to some other kind of person,’ or regretfully conclude that it confuses us because it is itself confused. However, the fear of being proved wrong is so great today that almost every new work which isn’t patently drivel gets the benefit of the doubt.”

 Another play by Sam Shepard mentioned in the obituary suggests a review of…

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Gray Space

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:48 PM

Art Wars  view —
image from a post at noon on Saturday, April 12:

Kansas City view:

Review of Seeing Gray , a book by pastor Adam Hamilton
of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection
in Leawood, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City—

“Adam Hamilton invites us to soulful gray space
between polarities, glorious gray space that is holy,
mysterious, complex, and true. Let us find within
our spirits the courage and humility to live and learn
in this faithful space, to see gray, to discern a more
excellent way.”

Review by United Methodist Bishop Hope Morgan Ward

The above quotation was suggested by the following from today’s
online Kansas City Star :

“Two of the victims were 14-year-old Reat Griffin Underwood
and his grandfather, William Lewis Corporon, who attended the
United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood.

The Rev. Adam Hamilton, the church’s senior pastor, shared
the news with church members at the beginning of the evening
Palm Sunday service.”

Update of 10:48 PM — A related photo:

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

For April 1

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 2:02 PM

IMAGE- 'American Hustle' and Art Cube

Or:  Extremely Gray Code

Related material:  Spaces as Hypercubes

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Valhalla Is Down

Filed under: General — m759 @ 6:29 PM

Odin's Day continues. 

The title is a reference to the recent film
"Olympus Has Fallen," directed by Antoine Fuqua
(which I watched last night).

Related material:

Ascent to Valhalla,   Times Blackout,
and the post-blackout Times Obituaries.

Update of 6:45-7:59 PM Aug. 14:

See also (in keeping with the ART WARS
theme of today's previous post
Juneteenth (Wednesday, June 19) 2013.
This last link may be regarded as posted in
memory of author Vince Flynn, who reportedly
died at about 2 AM on that date. Background:
Tuesday, June 18.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Parts of a World

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:00 PM


IMAGE-Kristen Wiig in 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'

"When an irresistible force such as you
meets an old immovable object like me…"

— From one whose name was writ in water*

* Scholia:  Art WarsConceptual Coffee, and Day of the Tetraktys

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Space Odyssey

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:00 PM

(An episode of Art Wars )

"Visual forms, he thought, were solutions to
specific problems that come from specific needs."

— Michael Kimmelman in The New York Times
    obituary of E. H. Gombrich (November 7th, 2001)

"… deep cultural fears within the art world— 
fears that art is elitist,
or some kind of confidence game,
or not a serious endeavor (a fear that has
dogged art since at least the time of Plato)."

Philip Kennicott, quoted here on July 22, 2012

See also today's date in 2003.

Saturday, April 7, 2012


Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:44 PM

ART WARS continues…

(Click to enlarge.)

IMAGE-'Thomas Kinkade's artistic legacy'

See also today's previous post and Foreground in this journal.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Dark Lady

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From an obituary of choreographer Roland Petit, who died on Sunday, July 10, 2011—

"Ballerina roles had for more than a century been largely made on pale romantically suffering virgins or royal princesses; Petit’s women were liberated and exciting, modern and tangibly real— and yet archaic femmes fatales . Probably his most popular ballet worldwide is Le jeune homme et la mort , in which a young bloke lazing around in his room is visited by an enigmatic, seductive female— at the end of which brief encounter he hangs himself.

The young man’s role was seized upon by the great ballet stars of the next decades, Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov notable among them. As with Carmen, the role of La Mort, the death goddess, has been sought out by a pantheon of great ballerinas, in Paris, Russia and the US as well as in Europe." —Ismene Brown at theartsdesk.com

From the philosophy column "The Stone" in Saturday's online New York Times

July 9, 2011, 4:45 PM: "Let Be: An Answer to Hamlet’s Question"—

"Jamieson Webster is a psychoanalyst in private practice
in New York. She is the author of
'The Life and Death of Psychoanalysis'
forthcoming from Karnac Books.

Related ART WARS material:

  1. An illustrated essay by Webster posted on March 7, 2009 at The Symptom 10 weblog
  2. An illustrated essay by Cullinane posted on March 7,  2009 at the Log24 weblog
  3. Time and Eternity
  4. Lovely, Dark and Deep

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Paradigms Lost

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 7:20 AM

Continued from March 10, 2011 — A post that says

"If Galois geometry is thought of as a paradigm shift
from Euclidean geometry, both… the Kuhn cover
and the nine-point affine plane may be viewed…
as illustrating the shift."

Yesterday's posts The Fano Entity and Theology for Antichristmas,
together with this morning's New York Times  obituaries (below)—


—suggest a Sunday School review from last year's
    Devil's Night (October 30-31, 2010)

Sunday, October 31, 2010


m759 @ 2:00 AM

                                …    There is a Cave
Within the Mount of God, fast by his Throne,
Where light and darkness in perpetual round
Lodge and dislodge by turns, which makes through Heav'n
Grateful vicissitude, like Day and Night….

Paradise Lost , by John Milton


Click on figure for details.


Al Pacino in Devil's Advocate
as attorney John Milton

See also Ash Wednesday Surprise and Geometry for Jews.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Midsummer Night Comedy

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 AM

This evening's New York Lottery number was 776.
From this journal's post number 776


Lindsay Lohan was back in court today.

"The judge… ordered Lindsay may have no more than one friend
over at a time for the remainder of her house arrest" —Star Magazine

"Winter, spring, summer or fall
All you have to do is call"

— Eustace Tilley

Sunday, May 15, 2011


Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:28 AM

"A certain vertiginous occlusion of the imagined and the real" —The White Album


adjective 1. whirling; spinning; rotary: vertiginous currents of air .


noun 2. the front formed by a cold front overtaking a warm front and lifting the warm air above the earth's surface


   Excerpt from Joan Didion's The White Album  (click to enlarge)—


"A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest…." —Joan Didion

"Then came From Here to Eternity ." —Art Wars

"Someday I'll wish upon a star…." —The Definitive Collection

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

24-Part Invention

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:33 AM

IMAGE- The 24-drawer filing cabinet of Lucia St. Clair Robson

“Next to the bookcase stands a wooden cabinet with 24 drawers that looks like something you might have seen in a library decades ago, or perhaps in an old apothecary. The drawers are marked with the names of her novels or characters in the novels and crammed with indexed notes.

She pulls open a drawer marked ‘Lozen,’ the name of a main female character in another historical western novel, ‘The Ghost Warrior,’ and reads a few of the index tabs: ‘social relationships, puberty, death, quotes….'”

— From an article on Lucia St. Clair Robson in The Baltimore Sun  by Arthur Hirsch, dated 1:31 p.m. EDT April 30, 2011*

From this  journal later that same day

IMAGE- Sabato on his own tombstone in 'Angel of Darkness'

Robson’s most recent novel is Last Train from Cuernavaca .

A corpse will be transported by express!

— Malcolm Lowry, Under the Volcano

* Update of 5:48 AM EDT May 3—
The same article was also published with a different  dateline— April 28.
Enthusiasts of synchronicity may lament the confusion, or they may
turn to April 28 in this journal for a different  24-part invention.
See also Art Wars, April 7, 2003 and White Horse .

Sunday, January 2, 2011


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"Art has to reveal to us ideas, formless spiritual essences."

— A character clearly talking nonsense, from the National Library section of James Joyce's Ulysses

"Unsheathe your dagger definitions. Horseness is the whatness of allhorse."

— A thought of Stephen Dedalus in the same Ulysses  section

For a representation of horseness related to Singer's dagger definitions in Saturday evening's post, see Generating the Octad Generator and Art Wars: Geometry as Conceptual Art.

More seriously, Joyce's "horseness" is related to the problem of universals. For an illuminating approach to universals from a psychological point of view, see James Hillman's Re-Visioning Psychology  (Harper Collins, 1977). (See particularly pages 154-157.)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Crystalline Complexity

Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:01 PM

The title phrase is from Art Wars and various posts in this journal.

"Go ahead," he said; he handed her three Chinese brass coins
 with holes in the center. "I generally use these."

The Man in the High Castle , quoted here on Nov. 14, 2003

Janet Burroway's 'Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft,' fifth edition, with I Ching coins on cover

See also Tangled Tale, Yonda Lies the Castle, and a gathering in Dublin today.

Monday, November 22, 2010


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Steve Martin’s new novel An Object of Beauty  will be released tomorrow.

“The most charmingly rendered female schemer since Truman Capote’s Holly Golightly.”
Elle  magazine

“Martin compresses the wild and crazy end of the millennium
and finds in this piercing novel a sardonic morality tale….
Exposes the sound and fury of the rarified Manhattan art world.”
Publishers Weekly

“Like Steve Martin’s Shopgirl , this very different novel will captivate your attention from start to finish.”
— Joyce Carol Oates

Martin on his character Ray Porter in the novella Shopgirl  (published Oct. 11, 2000)—


“He said, ‘I wrote a piece of code
that they just can’t seem to do without.’
He was a symbolic logician. That was his career….”

As the above review notes, Martin’s new book is about art at the end of the millennium.

See also Art Wars: Geometry as Conceptual Art
and some of my own notes from 2000 (March 9) in “Is Nothing Sacred?

Some related material —

A paperback with a striking cover (artist unknown)—


Note that the background may be constructed from
any of four distinct motifs. For another approach to these
motifs in a philosophical context, see June 8, 2010.

“Visual forms— lines, colors, proportions, etc.— are just as capable of articulation , i.e. of complex combination, as words. But the laws that govern this sort of articulation are altogether different from the laws of syntax that govern language. The most radical difference is that visual forms are not discursive . They do not present their constituents successively, but simultaneously, so the relations determining a visual structure are grasped in one act of vision.”

Susanne K. Langer, Philosophy in a New Key

Monday, May 17, 2010

Rolling the Stone

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 10:12 PM

A new NY Times column:


Today's New York Times
re-edited for philosophers:


See also

Eightfold Symmetry,

John Baez's paper
Duality in Logic and Physics
(for a May 29 meeting at Oxford),

The Shining of May 29, and

Lubtchansky's Key, with its links
to Duelle (French, f. adj., dual)
and Art Wars for Trotsky's Birthday.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Lubtchansky’s Key

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

William Lubtchansky, a cinematographer, was born on October 26, 1937, and died on May 4, 2010.

Yesterday's post included an illustration from this journal on the date of his death.

Here is a Log24 entry from last year on the date of his birth—

Monday, October 26, 2009
The Keys Enigma

Image-- Back Space key from manual typewriter, linking to Babich on Music, Nietzsche, and Heidegger
Image-- Shift Lock key from manual typewriter, linking to Levin's 'The Philosopher's Gaze'

Related material:

Posts of Sept. 21-25

Clicking on the Shift Lock key leads to the following page—

Image-- Page 432 of 'The Philosopher's Gaze'-- Heidegger on Gestell and shining forth

The Philosopher's Gaze,
by David Michael Levin,
University of California Press, 1999

Related images—

Detail from May 4 image:

Image-- The 4-dimensional space over the 2-element field

Holocaust Museum, Washington, DC:

Image-- Holocaust Museum tour group entrance

See also Lubtchansky's Duelle and
Art Wars for Trotsky's Birthday, 2003.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Epiphany Revisited

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 9:00 AM

January 06, 2007
ART WARS: Epiphany

Picture of Nothing
On Kirk Varnedoe’s
2003 Mellon Lectures,
Pictures of Nothing“–

“Varnedoe’s lectures were ultimately about faith, about his faith in the power of abstraction, and abstraction as a kind of anti-religious faith in itself….”

Related material:

The more industrious scholars will derive considerable pleasure from describing how the art-history professors and journalists of the period 1945-75, along with so many students, intellectuals, and art tourists of every sort, actually struggled to see the paintings directly, in the old pre-World War II way, like Plato’s cave dwellers watching the shadows, without knowing what had projected them, which was the Word.”

— Tom Wolfe, The Painted Word

Log24, Aug. 23, 2005:

“Concept (scholastics’ verbum mentis)–  theological analogy of Son’s procession  as Verbum Patris, 111-12″ — Index to Joyce and Aquinas, by William T. Noon, S.J., Yale University Press 1957,  second printing 1963, page 162

“So did God cause the big bang? Overcome by metaphysical lassitude, I finally reach over to my bookshelf for The Devil’s Bible. Turning to Genesis I read: ‘In the beginning there was nothing. And God said, ‘Let there be light!’ And there was still nothing, but now you could see it.'”
— Jim Holt, Big-Bang Theology, from Slate‘s “High Concept” department

'In the beginning' according to Jim Holt


“…Mondrian and Malevich are not discussing canvas or pigment or graphite or any other form of matter. They are talking about Being or Mind or Spirit. From their point of view, the grid is a staircase to the Universal….”

For properties of the “nothing” represented by the 3×3 grid, see The Field of Reason. For religious material related to the above and to Epiphany, a holy day observed by some, see Plato, Pegasus, and the Evening Star and Shining Forth.

Some Context:

Quaternions in Finite Geometry

Click to enlarge.

See also Nativity.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wednesday October 14, 2009

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 9:29 AM

Singer 7-Cycles

Seven-cycles by R.T. Curtis, 1987

Singer 7-cycles by Cullinane, 1985

Click on images for details.

The 1985 Cullinane version gives some algebraic background for the 1987 Curtis version.

The Singer referred to above is James Singer. See his “A Theorem in Finite Projective Geometry and Some Applications to Number Theory,” Transactions of the American Mathematical Society 43 (1938), 377-385.For other singers, see Art Wars and today’s obituaries.

Some background: the Log24 entry of this date seven years ago, and the entries preceding it on Las Vegas and painted ponies.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Thursday August 27, 2009

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:09 PM
The Shining
of Lucero

For John Cramer’s
daughter Kathryn

(continued from
September 24, 2002)

“Mathematical relationships were
enough to satisfy him, mere formal
relationships which existed at
all times, everywhere, at once.”

Broken Symmetries, 1983


See also Art Wars at
The New Criterion

(Jan. 19, 2007) and the
 four entries preceding it.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Saturday August 1, 2009

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 9:26 AM
And the Tony
   goes to…

The New York Times

“Tony Rosenthal, who created ‘Alamo,’ the eternally popular revolving black cube in Astor Place in the East Village, and many other public sculptures, died on Tuesday [July 28, 2009] in Southampton, N.Y. He was 94.”

The Astor Place sculpture, near Cooper Union, is also known as The Borg Cube:


The Borg Cube, with
Cooper Union at left

Wikipedia on The Borg Queen:

“The Borg Queen is the focal point within the Borg collective consciousness.”

Possible Borg-Queen candidates:

Helen Mirren, who appeared in this journal on the date of Rosenthal’s death (see Monumental Anniversary), and Julie Taymor, who recently directed Mirren as Prospera in a feminist version of “The Tempest.”

Both Mirren and Taymor would appreciate the work of Anita Borg, who pioneered the role of women in computer science. “Her colleagues mourned Borg’s passing, even as they stressed how crucial she was in creating a kind of collective consciousness for women working in the heavily male-dominated field of computer technology.” —Salon.com obituary


Anita Borg

Borg died on Sunday, April 6, 2003. See The New York Times Magazine for that date in Art Wars: Geometry as Conceptual Art


(Cover typography revised)

I would award the Borg-Queen Tony to Taymor, who seems to have a firmer grasp of technology than Mirren.

Julie Taymor directing a film

See Language Game,
Wittgenstein’s birthday, 2009.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tuesday May 26, 2009

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM
For Daedalus
“Some writers describe the
first draft as ‘making clay’….”– Janet Burroway

Quoted here
a year ago today:

“… she explores
the nature of identity
in a structure of
crystalline complexity.”

 — Janet Burroway

For Stevie Nicks on her birthday: ART WARS: THE CRAFT

Related material:

Amy Adams in 'Doubt'

Amy Adams in Doubt

Stars of 'Doubt,' Amy Adams and Meryl Streep

Amy Adams and Meryl Streep
at premiere of Doubt

Janet Burroway's 'Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft,' fifth edition, with I Ching coins on cover

Craft, 1999

“The matron had given her
leave to go out as soon as
the women’s tea was over….”

— James Joyce, “Clay

Ite, missa est.”

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Saturday April 25, 2009

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 9:22 PM
State of Play

Russell Crowe in 'State of Play'

The Russell Crowe
Hotel Puzzle

by John Tierney

"Russell Crowe arrives at the Hotel Infinity looking tired and ornery. He demands a room. The clerk informs him that there are no vacancies…."

Footprints from California today
(all by a person or persons using Firefox browsers):

7:10 AM
Concepts of Space: Euclid vs. Galois

8:51 AM
Art Wars continued: Behind the Picture

1:33 PM
A Riff for Dave: Me and My Shadow

2:11 PM
A Death of Kings: In Memory of Bobby Fischer

2:48 PM
Art Wars in review– Through the Looking Glass: A Sort of Eternity

3:28 PM and
Annals of Philosophy: The Dormouse of Perception

4:28 PM
Epiphany for Roy, Part I

6:03 PM
At the Still Point: All That Jazz

6:22 PM
Where Entertainment is Not God: The Just Word

7:14 PM
Happy New Yorker Day– Class Galore

7:16 PM
The Politics of Change: Jumpers

"Relax," said the night man.
"We are programmed to receive."
— Hotel California

Friday, February 20, 2009

Friday February 20, 2009

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , , — m759 @ 11:01 PM

The Cross
of Constantine

mentioned in
this afternoon's entry
"Emblematizing the Modern"
was the object of a recent
cinematic chase sequence
(successful and inspiring)
starring Mira Sorvino
at the Metropolitan
Museum of Art.

In memory of
Dr. Hunter S. Thompson,
dead by his own hand
on this date
four years ago

Rolling Stone memorial to Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

Click for details.

There is
another sort of object
we may associate with a
different museum and with
a modern Constantine
See "Art Wars for MoMA"
(Dec. 14, 2008).

This object, modern
rather than medieval,
is the ninefold square:

The ninefold square

It may suit those who,
like Rosalind Krauss
(see "Emblematizing"),
admire the grids of modern art
but view any sort of Christian
cross with fear and loathing.

For some background that
Dr. Thompson might appreciate,
see notes on Geometry and Death
in this journal, June 1-15, 2007,
and the five Log24 entries
 ending at 9 AM Dec. 10. 2006,
which include this astute
observation by J. G. Ballard:

"Modernism's attempt to build a better world with the aid of science and technology now seems almost heroic. Bertolt Brecht, no fan of modernism, remarked that the mud, blood and carnage of the first world war trenches left its survivors longing for a future that resembled a white-tiled bathroom."


Sunday, January 18, 2009

Sunday January 18, 2009

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:00 AM

Part I: The Pagan View

From The Fire, Katherine Neville’s sequel to her novel The Eight:

“‘Cat…. realized that we all need some kind of a chariot driver to pull our forces together, like those horses of Socrates, one pulling toward heaven, one toward the earth….’

… I asked, ‘Is that why you said my mother’s and my birthdays are important? Because April 4 and October 4 are opposite in the calendar?’

Rodo beamed a smile…. He said, ‘That’s how the process takes place….'”

Part II: The Christian View

“The Calendar of saints is a traditional Christian method of organizing a liturgical year by associating each day with one or more saints and referring to the day as that saint’s feast day. The system arose from the very early Christian custom of annual commemoration of martyrs on the dates of their deaths, or birth into heaven, and is thus referred to in Latin as dies natalis (‘day of birth’).” –Wikipedia

The October 4 date above, the birthday of Cat’s daughter, Xie, in The Fire, is also the liturgical Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (said by some to be also the date of his death).

The April 4 date above is Neville’s birthday and that of her alter ego Cat in The Eight and The Fire. Neville states that this is also the birth date of Charlemagne. It is, as well, the dies natalis (in the “birth into heaven” sense), of Dr. Martin Luther King.

For more about April 4, see Art Wars and 4/4/07.

For more about October 4, see “Revelation Game Continued: Short Story.”


King's Moves

et lux in tenebris lucet
et tenebrae eam
non comprehenderunt

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Tuesday January 13, 2009

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:00 PM

Something Traditional —

“German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel is the Charlemagne Prize laureate of 2008…. The prize will be awarded on 1 May, Ascension Day.”

The City of Aachen

Something Modern —

Previously undescribed in this journal:

A chess set
by F. Lanier Graham
of modular design:

Interlocking chess pieces by F. Lanier Graham, 1967


“The traditional chess set, with its naturalistic images of medieval armies, suggests a game between combatants who enjoy the winning of battles. This chess set, with its articulated images of abstract force, suggests a game between contestants who enjoy the process of thinking.
The primary principle of this design… is that the operating reality or function of each piece– both its value and how it moves– is embodied in a simple self-expressive form….

Chess pieces by F. Lanier Graham, 1967

Design Copyright F. Lanier Graham 1967

These pieces are designed to have the look and feel of little packages of power. The hardwoods (walnut and korina) are left unfinished, not only because of tactile values, but also to emphasize the simplicity of the design. The interlocking blocks are packaged to reflect the essential nature of the game– rational recreation, played with basic units whose fields of force continuously interact in subtle, complex patterns.”

— F. Lanier Graham, 1967

For those whose tastes in recreation are less rational, there is also the legendary chess set of Charlemagne described in novels by Katherine Neville. (See ART WARS.)

Related material: this journal on the First of May, 2008, the date of last year’s Charlemagne award.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sunday December 14, 2008

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:00 AM

A figure from
Nobel Prize day, December 10,
and from Eugene Wigner‘s
birthday, November 17:

The 3x3 square

Also on December 10:
  the death of Constantine–

Mildred Constantine, 95, MoMA Curator, Is Dead

(Click for details.)

Related material:

Tina Modotti: A Fragile Life,
Photos by Tina Modotti,
Art Wars for Trotsky’s Birthday,
as well as
Art Wars, June 1-15, 2007:

Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo

  “Ay que bonito es volar  
    A las dos de la mañana
— “La Bruja

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sunday November 16, 2008

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 10:30 AM

From Koestler’s Darkness at Noon, a fictional Communist on propaganda:

“It is necessary to hammer every sentence into the masses by repetition and simplification. What is presented as right must shine like gold; what is presented as wrong must be black as pitch.”

Thanks for this quotation to Kati Marton, author of The Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World (Simon & Schuster, paperback edition Nov. 6, 2007). One of Marton’s nine was Koestler.

Paperback edition of 'The Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World,' by Kati Marton

From another book related to this exodus:

“Riesz was one of the most elegant mathematical writers in the world, known for his precise, concise, and clear expositions. He was one of the originators of the theory of function spaces– an analysis which is geometrical in nature.”

— Stanislaw Ulam, Adventures of a Mathematician

And from Gian-Carlo Rota, a friend of Ulam:

“Riesz’s example is well worth following today.”

Related material: Misunderstanding in the Theory of Design and Geometry for Jews.

For a different approach to ethnicity and the number nine that is also “geometrical in nature,” see The Pope in Plato’s Cave and the four entries preceding it, as well as A Study in Art Education.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Monday May 26, 2008

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 11:07 AM
Crystal Vision

Stevie Nicks
 is 60 today.

Poster for the film 'The Craft'

On the author discussed
here yesterday,
Siri Hustvedt:

“… she explores
the nature of identity
in a structure* of
crystalline complexity.”

Janet Burroway,   
quoted in  

Olivier as Dr. Christian Szell

The icosahedron (a source of duads and synthemes)

“Is it safe?”

Annals of Art Education:
 Geometry and Death

* Related material:
the life and work of
Felix Christian Klein
Report to the Joint
Mathematics Meetings

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Wednesday April 30, 2008

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:30 AM

Lucy in the Sky
with Diamonds
and Sacred Heart

PARIS — Albert Hofmann, the mystical Swiss chemist who gave the world LSD, the most powerful psychotropic substance known, died Tuesday at his hilltop home near Basel, Switzerland. He was 102.

Related material:

Star and Diamond: A Tombstone for Plato

a film by Julie Taymor,
Across the Universe:

Across the Universe DVD

Detail of the
Strawberry Fields Forever
Sacred Heart:

Strawberry Fields Sacred Heart from 'Across the Universe'

A song:

Julie Taymor

Julie Taymor

Shinin’ like a diamond,
she had tombstones
in her eyes.

Album “The Dark,”
by Guy Clark

For related tombstones,
see May 16-19, 2006,
and April 19, 2008.

Further background:
Art Wars for
Red October.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Saturday April 5, 2008

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 7:00 AM
Without Classes

VANITAS: emblem of Harvard University (revisited)

From Log24 on
this date four years ago:

Motto of
Plato’s Academy

Related material:


Sunday, March 9, 2008

Sunday March 9, 2008

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:00 AM


The 3x3 grid as religious symbol

Click for context.

Related material:

Pictures of Nothing

Art Wars: Epiphany

Tilting at Whirligigs

Down the Up Staircase

Friday, January 25, 2008

Friday January 25, 2008

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 4:04 AM

Requiem for a Curator

"There is a pleasantly discursive treatment
of Pontius Pilate's unanswered question
'What is truth?'"

  — H. S. M. Coxeter, 1987,
book introduction quoted
as epigraph to
Art Wars

"I confess I do not believe in time.
I like to fold my magic carpet,
after use, in such a way
as to superimpose
one part of the pattern
upon another."

Nabokov, Speak, Memory


Figure by Coxeter
reminiscent of the
Ojo de Dios of
Mexico's Sierra Madre

In memory of
National Gallery
of Art curator
Philip Conisbee,
who died on
January 16:

"the God's-eye
 of the author"


— Dorothy Sayers,
    The Mind
    of the Maker

  "one complete
and free eye,
which can
simultaneously see
in all directions"

— Vladimir Nabokov,
    The Gift   

A Contrapuntal Theme

Friday, January 4, 2008

Friday January 4, 2008

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:02 AM
The Harvest Continues

The “greatest generation” theme from Art Wars– April 7, 2003 continues in two obituaries from this morning’s New York Times:

NY Times obituaries: painter Michael Goldberg, military historian Gerald Astor

The first obituary says that Goldberg

“saw abstract painting… as ‘still the primary visual challenge of our time. It might get harder and harder to make an abstract image that’s believable, but I think that just makes the challenge greater.'”  The Times says that Goldberg was a veteran of Merrill’s Marauders in World War II (as well as of the last century’s art wars).

The second obituary notes that Astor’s books include A Blood-Dimmed Tide (a phrase from Yeats)– an account of the Battle of the Bulge– and a biography of Dr. Josef Mengele.

Both men died on Sunday, December 30, 2007. From Log24 on that date, an abstract image and a cinematic portrait of Dr. Mengele:

S. H. Cullinane,
Aug. 15, 2003

Dr. Mengele,
according to

Related material:

Yesterday’s entry
The Revelation Game
and an entry of April 7, 2003:

April is Math Awareness Month.
This year’s theme is “mathematics and art.”

(The art, by Ingmar Bergman, was
in honor of the April 7 birthday of
Francis Ford Coppola, director of
“Apocalypse Now.”)

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Thursday December 27, 2007

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:22 AM

“Fullness… Multitude.”

— The missing last words
of Inman in Cold Mountain,
added here on the
Feast of St. Luke, 2004

II Chronicles 1:

7: In that night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto him, Ask what I shall give thee.
8: And Solomon said unto God, Thou hast shewed great mercy unto David my father, and hast made me to reign in his stead.
9: Now, O LORD God, let thy promise unto David my father be established: for thou hast made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude.
10: Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great?

On Kirk Varnedoe

“At 42– a professor with no museum experience– he was named curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art. It was, and is, the most influential job in the fluid, insular, fiercely contentious world of modern art. Just two decades past his last Amherst game, the lineman from Savannah was sitting in the chair where the most critical decisions in his profession are made– ‘the conscientious, continuous, resolute distinction of quality from mediocrity,’ according to his Olympian predecessor Alfred Barr. The Modern and its chief curator serve the American art establishment as a kind of aesthetic Supreme Court, and most of their rulings are beyond appeal.”

Hal Crowther

On Quality

Varnedoe, in his final
Mellon lecture at
the National Gallery,
quoted “Blade Runner”–
“I’ve seen things
you people wouldn’t believe….”Frank Rich of The New York Times
on the United States of America:”A country where
entertainment is god.”

Rich’s description may or may not
be true of the United States, but
it certainly seems true of
The New York Times:


Click on image to enlarge.

Related material:

Art Wars

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Wednesday December 12, 2007

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 AM
Found in Translation:
Words and Images

NY Times obituaries, Dec. 12, 2007: Whitney and Mailer

From today’s New York Times:

“Thomas P. Whitney, a former diplomat and writer on Russian affairs who was best known for translating the work of the dissident writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn into English, died on [Sunday] Dec. 2 in Manhattan. He was 90….

During World War II, he was an analyst in Washington with the Office of Strategic Services, a forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency….

In the late 1960s and afterward, he bred thoroughbred horses….

On one occasion, Mr. Whitney took Mr. Solzhenitsyn to Saratoga Racetrack….”

Margalit Fox

Related material:


Adam Gopnik on C. S. Lewis
in The New Yorker, issue
dated Nov. 21, 2005:

Prisoner of Narnia

“Lewis began with
a number of haunted images….”

“The best of the books are the ones…
where the allegory is at a minimum
and the images just flow.”

“‘Everything began with images,’
Lewis wrote….”


Yesterday’s entry on
Solzhenitsyn and The Golden Compass
and the following illustrations…

from Sunday in the Park with Death,
a Log24 entry commemorating
Trotsky’s birthday–

By Diego Rivera: Frida Kahlo holding yin-yang symbol

–and from Log24 on the date
of Whitney’s death,
Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007

Dark and light horses, personal emblem of Harry Stack Sullivan

Personal Emblem
of psychiatrist
Harry Stack Sullivan

The horses may refer to
 the Phaedrus of Plato.

See also Art Wars.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Wednesday October 3, 2007

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 3:09 PM
Janitor Monitor

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Will Hunting may be
interested in the following
vacant editorships at
The Open Directory:

Graph Theory

Related material:

The Long Hello and
On the Holy Trinity

Hey, Carrie-Anne, what’s
your game now….?

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Picture sources:

Personally, I prefer
Carol Ann:

From Criticism,  Fall, 2001,
by Carol Ann Johnston

“Drawing upon Platonic thought, Augustine argues that ideas are actually God’s objective pattern and as such exist in God’s mind. These ideas appear in the mirror of the soul. (35).”

(35.) In Augustine, De Trinitate, trans., Stephen McKenna (Washington, D.C.: Catholic University Press, 1970). See A. B. Acton, “Idealism,” in The Encyclopedia of Philosophy, ed., Paul Edwards. Vol. 4 (New York: Macmillan, 1967): 110-118; Robert McRae, “`Idea’ as a Philosophical Term in the Seventeenth Century,” JHI 26 (1965): 175-190, and Erwin Panofsky, Idea: A Concept in Art History, trans., Joseph J. S. Peake (Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press, 1968) for explications of this term.

See also
Art Wars: Geometry as Conceptual Art
and Ideas and Art: Notes on Iconology.

For more on Augustine and geometry,
see Today’s Sinner (Aug. 28, 2006).

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Tuesday August 7, 2007

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:00 AM
The Horse Whisperer

Scarlett Johansson and friend in The Horse Whisperer

Scarlett Johansson and friend
in “The Horse Whisperer” (1998)

Thanks to University Diaries (Aug. 6) for the following:

“‘The University of Sydney has ordered an independent review into allegations that the dean of the Conservatorium of Music hired a horse whisperer to conduct management workshops.’ [Are you, like UD, a bit vague on exactly what a horse whisperer is? And are you having trouble figuring out what a horse whisperer would have to offer a management workshop? But then, what exactly is a management workshop? Read on.]”

For some background on horse whispering and management workshops, see IABC Steal Sheet, March 2004.

Related material:

The recent Log24 entries

University Diaries:
“God, isn’t there already
enough crap in this story?”

See also Log24,
Dec. 10, 2003:

Putting Descartes Before Dehors


“Descartes déclare que
c’est en moi, non hors de moi,
en moi, non dans le monde,
que je pourrais voir
si quelque chose existe
hors de moi.”

ATRIUM, Philosophie     

For further details,

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Thursday May 10, 2007

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:00 PM

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The above scene from
The Best of Riverdance
furnishes an exercise in
what Victor Turner has called
comparative symbology.”

The circular symbol at top
may be seen as representing
the solar deity Apollo,
Leader of the Muses.

The nine female dancers
may be seen as
the nine muses,
with Jean Butler
at the center
as Terpsichore,
Muse of Dance.

Related Material —

To Apollo

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“This is the garden of Apollo,
the field of Reason….”
John Outram, architect

For another look at
Terpsichore in action,
see Jean Butler at
CRC Irish Dance Camp.

For those who prefer
a different sort of camp
there is of course

I prefer Butler.

Monday, April 9, 2007

Monday April 9, 2007

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:00 PM
Continued from last April:

in Poetry Month

Seven is Heaven...

Related Log24
entries from
last April:


Related Log24
entry from
this April

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Sunday April 8, 2007

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 11:09 PM
Easter Night's online
New York Times,
front page, top center:

Death of Sol LeWitt

Related material:


Saturday, April 7, 2007

Saturday April 7, 2007

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 12:25 PM
Today's birthdays:
Francis Ford Coppola
and Russell Crowe

Gift of the Third Kind

Art Wars and
Russell Crowe as
Santa's Helper

From Friedrich Froebel,
who invented kindergarten:

Froebel's Third Gift

From Christmas 2005:

The Eightfold Cube

Related material from

Reinventing Froebel's Gifts

… and from Grand Rapids:

Color Cubes

Click on pictures for details.

Related material
for Holy Saturday:

"Hey, Big Spender,"
Santa Versus the Volcano.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Tuesday April 3, 2007

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — m759 @ 1:00 AM

Mathematics Awareness Month

Related material:

“But what is it?”
Calvin demanded.
“We know that it’s evil,
but what is it?”

“Yyouu hhave ssaidd itt!”
Mrs. Which’s voice rang out.
“Itt iss Eevill. Itt iss thee
Ppowers of Ddarrkknesss!”

A Wrinkle in Time

AMS Notices cover, April 2007

“After A Wrinkle in Time was finally published, it was pointed out to me that the villain, a naked disembodied brain, was called ‘It’ because It stands for Intellectual truth as opposed to a truth which involves the whole of us, heart as well as mind.  That acronym had never occurred to me.  I chose the name It intuitively, because an IT does not have a heart or soul.  And I did not understand consciously at the time of writing that the intellect, when it is not informed by the heart, is evil.”

See also
“Darkness Visible”

“When all is said and done,
science is about things and
theology is about words.”

— Freeman Dyson,
New York Review of Books,
issue dated May 28, 1998

Does the word ‘tesseract’
mean anything to you?

Monday, April 2, 2007

Monday April 2, 2007

Filed under: General — m759 @ 4:00 AM
in Poetry Month

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Related Log24
entries from
last April:


Related story:
April 1 PA
  numbers —
407, 214.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Friday March 16, 2007

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 10:48 AM
 and Politics:

Context and Consequences of 

the Hobbes-Wallis Dispute"


by Douglas M. Jesseph
Dept. of Philosophy and Religion
North Carolina State University


"We are left to conclude that there was something significant in Hobbes's philosophy that motivated Wallis to engage in the lengthy and vitriolic denunciation of all things Hobbesian.

In point of fact, Wallis made no great secret of his motivations for attacking Hobbes's geometry, and the presence of theological and political motives is well attested in a 1659 letter to Huygens. He wrote:

But regarding the very harsh diatribe against Hobbes, the necessity of the case, and not my manners, led to it. For you see, as I believe, from other of my writings how peacefully I can differ with others and bear those with whom I differ. But this was provoked by our Leviathan (as can be easily gathered fro his other writings, principally those in English), when he attacks with all his might and destroys our universities (and not only ours, but all, both old and new), and especially the clergy and all institutions and all religion. As if the Christian world knew nothing sound or nothing that was not ridiculous in philosophy or religion; and as if it has not understood religion because it does not understand philosophy, nor philosophy because it does not understand mathematics. And so it seemed necessary that now some mathematician, proceeding in the opposite direction, should show how little he understand this mathematics (from which he takes his courage). Nor should we be deterred from this by his arrogance, which we know will vomit poison and filth against us. (Wallis to Huygens, 11 January, 1659; Huygens 1888-1950,* 2: 296-7)

The threats that Hobbes supposedly posed to the universities, the clergy, and all religion are a consequence of his political and theological doctrines. Hobbes's political theory requires that the power of the civil sovereign be absolute and undivided. As a consequence, such institutions as universities and the clergy must submit to the dictates of the sovereign in all matters. This extends, ironically enough, to geometry, since Hobbes notoriously claimed that the sovereign could ban the teaching of the subject and order 'the burning of all books of Geometry' if he should judge geometric principles 'a thing contrary to [his] right of dominion, or to the interest of men that have dominion' (Leviathan (1651) 1.11, 50; English Works** 3: 91). In the area of church government, Hobbes's doctrines are a decisive rejection of the claims of Presbyterianism, which holds that questions of theological doctrine is [sic] to be decided by the elders of the church– the presbytery– without reference to the claims of the sovereign. As a Presbyterian minister, a doctor of divinity, and professor of geometry at Oxford, Wallis found abundant reason to reject this political theory."

* Huygens, Christiaan. 1888-1950. Les oeuvres complètes de Chrisiaan Huygens. Ed. La Société Hollandaise des Sciences. 22 vols. The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff.

** Hobbes, Thomas. [1839-45] 1966. The English Works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury, now First Collected and Edited by Sir William Molesworth. Edited by William Molesworth. 11 vols. Reprint. Aalen, Germany: Scientia Verlag.


Related material:

"But what is it?"
Calvin demanded.
"We know that it's evil,
but what is it?"

"Yyouu hhave ssaidd itt!"
Mrs. Which's voice rang out.
"Itt iss Eevill. Itt iss thee
Ppowers of Ddarrkknesss!"

A Wrinkle in Time

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"After A Wrinkle in Time was finally published, it was pointed out to me that the villain, a naked disembodied brain, was called 'It' because It stands for Intellectual truth as opposed to a truth which involves the whole of us, heart as well as mind.  That acronym had never occurred to me.  I chose the name It intuitively, because an IT does not have a heart or soul.  And I did not understand consciously at the time of writing that the intellect, when it is not informed by the heart, is evil."


See also
"Darkness Visible"

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Wednesday March 7, 2007

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 8:24 AM
In the Labyrinth
of Time:


Related material–


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The False Artaxerxes:
Borges and the
Dream of Chess

This entry was inspired by
Xanga footprints yesterday
from Virginia:

1. Virginia
Time and the Grid
9:48 AM
2. Virginia
11:38 AM
3. Virginia
Games and Truth
1:25 PM
4. Virginia
The Transcendent Signified
5:15 PM
5. Virginia
Zen and Language Games
5:16 PM
6. Virginia
Balanchine’s Birthday
6:12 PM
7. Virginia
The Agony and the Ya-Ya
6:12 PM
8. Virginia
Directions Out
6:13 PM
9. Virginia
The Four Last Things
6:13 PM

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Wednesday December 13, 2006

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:29 AM

 Best Wishes for a
C. S. Lewis


 C.S. Lewis

Image of Lewis from
Into the Wardrobe

What on earth
  is a concrete

— Robert M. Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcyle Maintenance

For one approach to an answer, click on the picture at left.

Update of 4:23 PM:

The Lewis link above deals with the separation of Heaven from Hell.  The emphasis is on Heaven.  A mysterious visitor to this website, “United States,” seems to be seeking equal time for Hell.  And so…


Based on Xanga footprints of Dec. 13, 2006
from m759’s site-visitor “United States”
(possibly a robot; if so, a robot with strange tastes).

TIME OF     DATE OF             PAGE VISITED   

1217 040520  Parable
1218 060606  The Omen
1220 051205  Don’t Know Much About History
1225 030822  Mr. Holland’s Week (And in Three Days…)
1233 030114  Remarks on Day 14 (What is Truth?)
1238 040818  Train of Thought (Oh, My Lolita)
1244 020929  Angel Night (Ellis Larkins)
1249 040715  Identity Crisis (Bourne and Treadstone)
1252 050322  Make a Differance (Lacan, Derrida, Reba)
1255 050221  Quarter to Three on Night of HST’s death
1256 040408  Triple Crown on Holy Thursday
1258 040714  Welcome to Mr. Motley’s Neighborhood
1258 030221  All About Lilith
0103 040808  Quartet (for Alexander Hammid)
0104 030106  Dead Poet in the City of Angels
0109 030914  Skewed Mirrors (Readings on Aesthetics)
0110 050126  A Theorem in Musical Form
0125 021007  Music for R. D. Laing
0138 020806  Butterflies & Popes (Transfiguration)
0140 060606  The Omen (again)
0156 030313  ART WARS: Perennial Tutti-Frutti
0202 030112  Ask Not (A Bee Gees Requiem)
0202 050527  Drama of the Diagonal, Part Deux
0202 060514  STAR WARS continued (Eclipse and Venus)
0207 030112  Ask Not (again… Victory of the Goddess)
0207 030221  All About Lilith (again… Roll credits.)

“How much story do you want?”
— George Balanchine

Friday, December 1, 2006

Friday December 1, 2006

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 4:07 AM

Day Without Art

From the Online Etymology Dictionary:

crucial – 1706, from Fr. crucial… from L. crux (gen. crucis) “cross.” The meaning “decisive, critical” is extended from a logical term, Instantias Crucis, adopted by Francis Bacon (1620); the notion is of cross fingerboard signposts* at forking roads, thus a requirement to choose.

“… given the nature of our intellectual commerce with works of art, to lack a persuasive theory is to lack something crucial— the means by which our experience of individual works is joined to our understanding of the values they signify.”

Hilton Kramer in The New York Times, April 28, 1974

“I realized that without making the slightest effort I had come upon one of those utterances in search of which psychoanalysts and State Department monitors of the Moscow or Belgrade press are willing to endure a lifetime of tedium: namely, the seemingly innocuous obiter dicta, the words in passing, that give the game away.

What I saw before me was the critic-in-chief of The New York Times saying: In looking at a painting today, ‘to lack a persuasive theory is to lack something crucial.’ I read it again. It didn’t say ‘something helpful’ or ‘enriching’ or even ‘extremely valuable.’ No, the word was crucial….

The more industrious scholars will derive considerable pleasure from describing how the art-history professors and journalists of the period 1945-75, along with so many students, intellectuals, and art tourists of every sort, actually struggled to see the paintings directly, in the old pre-World War II way, like Plato’s cave dwellers watching the shadows, without knowing what had projected them, which was the Word.”

— Tom Wolfe, The Painted Word

For some related material from the next 30 years, 1976-2006, see Art Wars.

* “Note that in the original Latin, the term is not by any means ‘fingerpost’ but simply ‘cross’ (Latin Crux, crucis) – a root term giving deeper meaning to the ‘crucial’ decision as to which if any of the narratives are ‘true,’ and echoing the decisive ‘crucifixion’ revealed in the story.”

Wikipedia on An Instance of the Fingerpost.

Monday, October 9, 2006

Monday October 9, 2006

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 9:00 AM
To Apollo

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“This is the garden of Apollo,
the field of Reason….”
John Outram, architect

To Apollo (10/09/02)
Art Wars: Apollo and Dionysus
Balanchine’s Birthday
Art Theory for Yom Kippur
A Form
A Form, continued
Deep Game
Gameplayers of Zen
And So To Bed
Translation Plane for Rosh Hashanah
Derrida Dead
The Nine
From Tate to Plato
Art History
A Miniature Rosetta Stone
High Concept
High Concept, Continued
Analogical Train of Thought
Today’s Sermon: Magical Thinking
Seven is Heaven, Eight is a Gate
Nine is a Vine
Apollo and Christ
Hamilton’s Whirligig
On Beauty
Sunday Morning
New Haven
Washington Ballet
Catholic Schools Sermon
The Logic of Apollo
Game Boy
Art Wars Continued: The Krauss Cross
Art Wars Continued: Pandora’s Box
The Pope in Plato’s Cave
Today’s Birthdays
Symbology 101

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Saturday September 16, 2006

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Pandora's Box

Part I:
The Pandora 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"

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(See Log24, Sept. 13)

Part II:
The Opening

Remarks by the Pope on Sept. 12,
as reported by the Vatican:

Faith, Reason, and the University:
Memories and Reflections

For the result of
the Pope's remarks, see
a transcript of
 yesterday's Google News
and the following
from BBC today:

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Click to enlarge the screenshot.

Part III:

The New Yorker (issue of June 5, 2006) on the late Oriana Fallaci:

"In September [2005], she had a private audience with Pope Benedict XVI at Castel Gandolfo, his summer residence outside Rome. She had criticized John Paul II for making overtures to Muslims, and for not condemning terrorism heartily enough, but she has hopes for Joseph Ratzinger."

For further details, see yesterday's Log24.

Part IV:
The Sibyl's Song

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— From The Magic Circle,
 a spiritual narrative
 by Katherine Neville

For more on "the long-mute voice
of the past," on "darkness beneath
the volcano," and on uncorking,
see Glory Season and Harrowing.

Related material from
Log24 on Dec. 2, 2005:

Benedict XVI, before he became Pope:

"… a purely harmonious concept of beauty is not enough…. Apollo, who for Plato's Socrates was 'the God' and the guarantor of unruffled beauty as 'the truly divine' is absolutely no longer sufficient."

A symbol of Apollo:

IMAGE- The ninefold square

and a related
Christian symbol,

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the Greek Cross
(adapted from
Ad Reinhardt).

Moral of the Pandora Cross:

"Nine is a very powerful Nordic number."
— Katherine Neville in The Magic Circle…

quoted in The Nine, a Log24 entry
for Hermann Weyl's birthday,
November 9, 2004.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Wednesday September 13, 2006

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ART WARS continued:

The Krauss Cross

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Rosalind Krauss in "Grids":

"If we open any tract– Plastic Art and Pure Plastic Art or The Non-Objective World, for instance– we will find that Mondrian and Malevich are not discussing canvas or pigment or graphite or any other form of matter.  They are talking about Being or Mind or Spirit.  From their point of view, the grid is a staircase to the Universal, and they are not interested in what happens below in the Concrete.

Or, to take a more up-to-date example, we could think about Ad Reinhardt who, despite his repeated insistence that 'Art is art,' ended up by painting a series of black 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."

Rebecca Goldstein on
Mathematics and Narrative

"I don't write exclusively on Jewish themes or about Jewish characters. My collection of short stories, Strange Attractors, contained nine pieces, five of which were, to some degree, Jewish, and this ratio has provided me with a precise mathematical answer (for me, still the best kind of answer) to the question of whether I am a Jewish writer. I am five-ninths a Jewish writer."

Jacques Maritain,
October 1941

"The passion of Israel
today is taking on
more and more distinctly
the form of the Cross."

E. L. Doctorow,
City of God:

"In the garden of Adding,
Live Even and Odd."

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Sunday September 10, 2006

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Sontag’s Sermon

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This morning’s Log24 entry,
today’s New York Times Magazine,
and today’s Doonesbury.

Related material:

My Life among the Deathworks:
Illustrations of the
Aesthetics of Authority
by Philip Rieff,
Sontag’s ex-husband.

See also Nicole Kidman in
the 2004 remake of
The Stepford Wives.

Monday, August 7, 2006

Monday August 7, 2006

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ART WARS continued

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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….

‘There’s 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

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Log24, May 16, 2006

Saturday, August 5, 2006

Saturday August 5, 2006

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“Examples are the
stained-glass windows
of knowledge.”

— Vladimir Nabokov 

Today’s New York Times:

Jason Rhoades, 41, Maker of
Transgressive Installations,
Is Dead

For some background
on Rhoades’s Manhattan

gallerist, David Zwirner,
and his
UCLA art school teacher,
Paul McCarthy, see
yesterday morning’s
The Frankfurter School.

“UCLA is frequently described
as the power art school.”
attributed to  
The New York Times Magazine
For more remarks related
to UCLA, art, and food,
see the Log24 entry for

Friday, August 4, 2006

Friday August 4, 2006

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continued from
previous entry

In memory of
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf:

"Who is the fairest of them all?"

This question might
well be posed by…

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Rosalind Krauss,
Meyer Schapiro Professor
of Modern Art and Theory
at Columbia University
(Ph.D., Harvard U., 1969).

"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.

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Adapted from
Ad Reinhardt

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

Related material:

Balanchine's Birthday,

Apollo and Christ.

Friday August 4, 2006

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Continued from
Nov. 25, 2005

The Frankfurter School

From today’s New York Times:

A review of a current Manhattan art exhibition

“It begins with a juxtaposition of early body-oriented videos by Mr. Nauman and Paul McCarthy, who, quickly following Mr. Nauman’s lead, was in his studio in Los Angeles videotaping home-alone performance pieces by 1970. The contrast is pure Apollo-versus-Dionysus.”

More on Paul McCarthy from artandculture.com:

“If you walk into a room and find everything you held dear in childhood degraded, chances are it’s a Paul McCarthy installation. McCarthy is known for shocking, sexually charged pieces that feature benign cartoon and pop-culture characters — Olive Oyl and Santa Claus, among others — in a bacchanalia of blood and feces.

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….

Critics often compare his work with that of the Viennese Actionists whose performances were also characterized by gore, raw sexuality, and abused food.”

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Related material:
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.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Saturday July 22, 2006

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 PM
Today’s Saint as
The Dark Lady:

Mary Magdalene
(Portrait by Nikos Kazantzakis
and Martin Scorsese):

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“Magdalene lay on her back, stark naked, drenched in sweat, her raven-black hair spread out over the pillow and her arms entwined beneath her head.  Her face was turned toward the wall and she was yawning.  Wrestling with men on this bed since dawn had tired her out.”

— Nikos Kazantzakis,
   The Last Temptation of Christ

Related material:

Time and Chance

   (See yesterday’s entry.) 

NY lottery mid-day today:
(See morning of 6/6.)

NY lottery this evening:
(See Art Wars: Just Seventeen.)

Friday, July 7, 2006

Friday July 7, 2006

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:00 PM

ART WARS continued

To the “Endgame Art” review
in today’s New York Times,
a magic-realism response:


In memory of
Roderick MacLeish:

Now, we are seven.
— Yul Brynner

Related material:

Log24 for 6/6/6

Plato, Pegasus, and
the Evening Star.

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