Monday, March 5, 2012

Beach Boy

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:48 PM


IMAGE- Outer Banks beach and 'The Stone' philosophy column by Colin McGinn, NY Times

See also McGinn in this journal.

IMAGE- On the beach: 'Once again the castle's architect is taken to task for using sand instead of stone.' --Sally Forth 7/13/08

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Beach Boy

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:59 PM

(Continued from March 28, 2006, and February 6, 2012)


Sylvia Beach and James Joyce at Shakespeare and Company

See also Walking into Eternity.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Beach Boy

Filed under: General — m759 @ 8:18 PM
Cached from artnet.com
Artist   Daniel Simon
Title   Yves Montand et Catherine Deneuve
dans Le Sauvage, Bahamas
Medium   gelatin silver print
Size   11.8 x 15.7 in. / 30 x 40 cm.
Year   1975 –
Edition   1/10
Misc.   Signed, Stamped
Sale Of   Ader: Monday, October 20, 2008
[Lot 140]
Paris – Célébrités II
Estimate   300 – 400 EUR (USD 403 – 537)
Sold For   *
* Complete data is available for subscribers.

In memory of a dealer in artists' ephemera, 
Steven Leiber, who died on January 28, 2012
a link to a post from the date of Leiber's death—

The Sweet Smell of Avon.

See also Me and My Shadow, a post from
the date the above photo was offered for sale.

Related ephemeral art— a post titled, with irony,
Introduction to Harmonic Analysis.

Related non -ephemeral art—
Mathematical Imagery.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

“Mixing Memory and Desire”

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:11 PM

“Oh I want to take you down to Kokomo,
we’ll get there fast and then we’ll take it slow
That’s where we want to go, way down in Kokomo”
Beach Boys (1988), with images in memory of Jeffrey Epstein:

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Ornamental Language

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:26 PM

See Trevanian's Meadow in this journal as well as

"Off the Florida Keys, there's a place called Kokomo."
The Beach Boys, 1988

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sermon on the Beach

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 AM

CBS Sunday Morning today:

"On a warm summer night at the Greek Theatre
in Los Angeles last month, Brian Wilson — backed
by a band that included fellow former Beach Boy
Al Jardine — was running through his repertoire
of classics when a cake was wheeled out from
backstage by the extended Wilson family.

On this night, the man many regard as one of
America's greatest living songwriters turned 73.

Well, East coast girls are hip,
I really dig those styles they wear…"

Compare and contrast: Danny Collins.

Jersey girls are tough .

Monday, September 24, 2012

Midbrow in Paris

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:11 PM

"Middlebrow culture was killed in the late 50's and 60's,
and the mortal blows came from opposite directions.
The intellectuals launched assaults on what they took to be
middlebrow institutions, attacks that are so vicious
they take your breath away….

At the same time, pop culture changed."

David Brooks in The New York Times , June 16, 2005

"… but the fighter still remains" —Paul Simon

"James Joyce frequently presents climactic moments
of realization of life at the end of his stories; these
psychological revelations, called epiphanies, constitute
moments of heightened awareness which foment reflection
on the part of both the character and the readers, as well
as introduce an element of surprise."

The Telling and the Tale , by Gilda Pacheco Acuña
and Kari Meyers Skredsvig, Editorial Universidad
de Costa Rica
, 2006, page 11

For Scott and Ernest, from Julio —

"The novel wins by points and the short story by knockout."

Id.  (See also Feb. 8,  Beach Boy .)

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Legal Fiction–

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:00 AM

Murphy's Last Stand

In memory of Walter F. Murphy, a leading constitutional scholar and McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton from 1968 to 1995. Murphy was also the author of a bestselling 1979 novel, The Vicar of Christ. He died at 80 on Tuesday, April 20, 2010, quod vide.

His novel, according to this morning's New York Times, "tells the story of an American who fights valiantly in the Korean War (as Professor Murphy did), becomes chief justice of the United States, resigns to become a monk and is eventually elected the first American pope." An eventful tale.

For a good review of Murphy's novel, see "The Doomed Hero." This review, and yesterday's Log24 Law Day post, which mentions the concept of "the mighty music of the innermost heaven," suggest revisiting a Log24 post of August 28, 2009 and a hymn by Brian Wilson—


  Send "In My Room" Ringtone to Cell

There's a world where I can go
and tell my secrets to
In my room
In my room

In this world I lock out
all my worries and my fears
In my room
In my room

Do my dreaming and my scheming lie awake and pray
Do my crying and my sighing laugh at yesterday

Now it's dark and I'm alone
but I won't be afraid
In my room
In my room

Sunday, March 28, 2004

Sunday March 28, 2004

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:12 PM

American Heaven

Headlines from today’s Google News:

Singer Jan Berry, 62; Half of Surf Music Duo

Screeching for heaven at Mach 7

March 25 news story:

“The promise of 70 virgins in paradise and the equivalent of about $20 was all it took to convince a Palestinian teenager to turn himself into a suicide bomber…”

A more modest paradise, from a Jan Berry obituary today:

With Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, William Jan Berry co-wrote the lyrics for “Surf City” with its lines about taking the station wagon to a place where there are “two girls for every boy.”*

* Theological footnote for feminists:
In some other regions of American Heaven, there may be two boys for every girl.

Tuesday, October 22, 2002

Tuesday October 22, 2002

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 1:16 AM

Introduction to
Harmonic Analysis

From Dr. Mac’s Cultural Calendar for Oct. 22:

  • The French actress Catherine Deneuve was born on this day in Paris in 1943….
  • The Beach Boys released the single “Good Vibrations” on this day in 1966.

“I hear the sound of a
   gentle word

On the wind that lifts
   her perfume
   through the air.”

— The Beach Boys

In honor of Deneuve and of George W. Mackey, author of the classic 156-page essay, “Harmonic analysis* as the exploitation of symmetry† — A historical survey” (Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society (New Series), Vol. 3, No. 1, Part 1 (July 1980), pp. 543-698), this site’s music is, for the time being, “Good Vibrations.”
For more on harmonic analysis, see “Group Representations and Harmonic Analysis from Euler to Langlands,” by Anthony W. Knapp, Part I and Part II.
* For “the simplest non-trivial model for harmonic analysis,” the Walsh functions, see F. Schipp et. al., Walsh Series: An Introduction to Dyadic Harmonic Analysis, Hilger, 1990. For Mackey’s “exploitation of symmetry” in this context, see my note Symmetry of Walsh Functions, and also the footnote below.
† “Now, it is no easy business defining what one means by the term conceptual…. I think we can say that the conceptual is usually expressible in terms of broad principles. A nice example of this comes in form of harmonic analysis, which is based on the idea, whose scope has been shown by George Mackey… to be immense, that many kinds of entity become easier to handle by decomposing them into components belonging to spaces invariant under specified symmetries.”
The importance of mathematical conceptualisation,
by David Corfield, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge

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