Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Fact-Checker

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:43 PM


In memory of Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, who reportedly died
today (Wed., Nov. 7, 2018) at 84 —

See Lehmann-Haupt in this journal on May 23, 2012:

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

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.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Ender’s Game

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:09 AM

Reese Witherspoon in "Wild" (Click to enlarge.)

Witherspoon and Wiggins Streets, Princeton, NJ:

"When you come to a fork in the road

Thursday, September 19, 2013


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

"With all due respect…"

* Related thought:  "When you come to a fork in the road"

Sunday, June 23, 2013


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IMAGE- NY Times- 'Saloon Priest' and Dan Brown

IMAGE- Alyssa Milano as a child, with fork

"When you come to 
a fork in the road, take it."
— Yogi Berra

See also Deconstructing Alice.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


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Wikipedia disambiguation page—

IMAGE- Wikipedia disambiguation page for 'Da Milano'

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

IMAGE- Alyssa Milano as a child, with fork

IMAGE- Ambiguation therapy in Milan

For another "shifting reality that shimmered
in a multiplicity of facets," see The Diamond Theorem.

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.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Forking

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:16 PM

"When you come to a fork in the road, take it." — Yogi Berra


This evening's NY Lottery numbers were 375 and 3141.

Subjective interpretations—

There seems to be only one relevant result of a Google search for "375 Log24"—


There are, however, two  relevant interpretations of the number 3141—

1. The Saturday Evening Post  3/1/41 article by Jack Alexander on AA—

"The members of Alcoholics Anonymous do not pursue or coddle
a malingering prospect, and they know the strange tricks of the alcoholic
as a reformed swindler knows the art of bamboozling."

2. Post number 3141 in this  journal— Aesthetics for Jesuits.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Open, Sesame Street

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


“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”  —Yogi Berra

Related material:  Alice in the Garden and The Pythagorean Letter.


Zorro in this journal.

For some other symbology, see selected posts from today’s date, Aug. 19.

Sunday, March 6, 2011


Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:00 AM

The Year of Magical Realism

"The non-linear story is narrated via different time frames,
a technique derived from the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges
(as in The Garden of Forking Paths )."

—Wikipedia on One Hundred Years of Solitude

One year ago today, in "Deconstructing Alice"—

"When you come to a fork in the road, take it." –Yogi Berra

Happy birthday to Gabriel García Márquez.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sermon for Harvard

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Each sexton has his sect. The bells have none.

Each truth is a sect though no bells ring for it.

— Wallace Stevens

Zipper illustration, New York Times

Related material —

The ThousandA recent novel about Pythagorean sects

16 + 9 = 25A Pythagorean truth

YThe Pythagorean letter

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Deconstructing Alice

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Alyssa is  Wonderland

Manohla Dargis in The New York Times  yesterday

“Of course the character of Carroll’s original Alice is evident in each outrageous creation she dreams up in ‘Wonderland’ and in the sequel, ‘Through the Looking-Glass,’ which means that she’s a straight man to her own imagination. (She is  Wonderland.)”

Alyssa Milano as a child, with fork

From Inside the White Cube

“The sacramental nature of the space becomes clear, and so does one of the great projective laws of modernism: as modernism gets older, context becomes content. In a peculiar reversal, the object introduced into the gallery ‘frames’ the gallery and its laws.”

From Yogi Berra–

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

Related material:  For Baron Samedi and…

Robert Langdon (played by Tom Hanks) and a corner of Solomon's Cube
Jacques Derrida on the Looking-Glass garden, 'The Time before First,' and Solomon's seal

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Thursday August 11, 2005

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 8:16 AM

Kaleidoscope, continued

From Clifford Geertz, The Cerebral Savage:

"Savage logic works like a kaleidoscope whose chips can fall into a variety of patterns while remaining unchanged in quantity, form, or color. The number of patterns producible in this way may be large if the chips are numerous and varied enough, but it is not infinite. The patterns consist in the disposition of the chips vis-a-vis one another (that is, they are a function of the relationships among the chips rather than their individual properties considered separately).  And their range of possible transformations is strictly determined by the construction of the kaleidoscope, the inner law which governs its operation. And so it is too with savage thought.  Both anecdotal and geometric, it builds coherent structures out of 'the odds and ends left over from psychological or historical process.'

These odds and ends, the chips of the kaleidoscope, are images drawn from myth, ritual, magic, and empirical lore….  as in a kaleidoscope, one always sees the chips distributed in some pattern, however ill-formed or irregular.   But, as in a kaleidoscope, they are detachable from these structures and arrangeable into different ones of a similar sort….  Levi-Strauss generalizes this permutational view of thinking to savage thought in general.  It is all a matter of shuffling discrete (and concrete) images–totem animals, sacred colors, wind directions, sun deities, or whatever–so as to produce symbolic structures capable of formulating and communicating objective (which is not to say accurate) analyses of the social and physical worlds.

…. And the point is general.  The relationship between a symbolic structure and its referent, the basis of its meaning,  is fundamentally 'logical,' a coincidence of form– not affective, not historical, not functional.  Savage thought is frozen reason and anthropology is, like music and mathematics, 'one of the few true vocations.'

Or like linguistics."

Edward Sapir on Linguistics, Mathematics, and Music:

"… linguistics has also that profoundly serene and satisfying quality which inheres in mathematics and in music and which may be described as the creation out of simple elements of a self-contained universe of forms.  Linguistics has neither the sweep nor the instrumental power of mathematics, nor has it the universal aesthetic appeal of music.  But under its crabbed, technical, appearance there lies hidden the same classical spirit, the same freedom in restraint, which animates mathematics and music at their purest."

— Edward Sapir, "The Grammarian and his Language,"
  American Mercury 1:149-155,1924

From Robert de Marrais, Canonical Collage-oscopes:

"…underwriting the form languages of ever more domains of mathematics is a set of deep patterns which not only offer access to a kind of ideality that Plato claimed to see the universe as created with in the Timaeus; more than this, the realm of Platonic forms is itself subsumed in this new set of design elements– and their most general instances are not the regular solids, but crystallographic reflection groups.  You know, those things the non-professionals call . . . kaleidoscopes! *  (In the next exciting episode, we'll see how Derrida claims mathematics is the key to freeing us from 'logocentrism' **— then ask him why, then, he jettisoned the deepest structures of mathematical patterning just to make his name…)

* H. S. M. Coxeter, Regular Polytopes (New York: Dover, 1973) is the great classic text by a great creative force in this beautiful area of geometry  (A polytope is an n-dimensional analog of a polygon or polyhedron.  Chapter V of this book is entitled 'The Kaleidoscope'….)

** … contemporary with the Johns Hopkins hatchet job that won him American marketshare, Derrida was also being subjected to a series of probing interviews in Paris by the hometown crowd.  He first gained academic notoriety in France for his book-length reading of Husserl's two-dozen-page essay on 'The Origin of Geometry.'  The interviews were collected under the rubric of Positions (Chicago: U. of Chicago Press, 1981…).  On pp. 34-5 he says the following: 'the resistance to logico-mathematical notation has always been the signature of logocentrism and phonologism in the event to which they have dominated metaphysics and the classical semiological and linguistic projects…. A grammatology that would break with this system of presuppositions, then, must in effect liberate the mathematization of language…. The effective progress of mathematical notation thus goes along with the deconstruction of metaphysics, with the profound renewal of mathematics itself, and the concept of science for which mathematics has always been the model.'  Nice campaign speech, Jacques; but as we'll see, you reneged on your promise not just with the kaleidoscope (and we'll investigate, in depth, the many layers of contradiction and cluelessness you put on display in that disingenuous 'playing to the house'); no, we'll see how, at numerous other critical junctures, you instinctively took the wrong fork in the road whenever mathematical issues arose… henceforth, monsieur, as Joe Louis once said, 'You can run, but you just can't hide.'…."

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