Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Garden of Allah

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Continues .

From "The Back Page," Notices of the American Mathematical Society ,
June-July 2016 —

Related material:  Page 1 of Screenland , April 1923 —

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Midnight in the Garden of Allah

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From Universals Revisited, Leap Day, 2012 —

Friday, February 6, 2015

Evening in the Garden of Allah

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"'Relax,' said the night man .
'We are programmed to receive.'"

— "Hotel California," quoted here on
      the evening of January 30, 2015

Monday, October 30, 2017

For Devil’s Night

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Location,  Location,  Location

From a Los Angeles Times  piece on Epiphany (Jan. 6), 1988 —

“Some 30 paces east of the spooky old Chateau Marmont is
the intersection of Selma and Sunset Boulevard.” . . . .
“Though it is not much of an intersection, the owner of
the liquor store on that corner might resent that you have
slotted his parking lot in the Twilight Zone. . . .
And directly across Sunset from Selma looking south is
where the infamous Garden of Allah used to stand. . . .”

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sunday Dinner

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"I love those Bavarians." — Don Henley, "The Garden of Allah"

See also a BBC story from March 11, 2005, and Log24 on that date.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Global and Local

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Track listing

  1. "Dirty Laundry" (Henley, Danny Kortchmar) – 5:36
  2. "The Boys of Summer" (Mike Campbell, Henley) – 4:45
  3. "All She Wants to Do Is Dance" (Kortchmar) – 4:28
  4. "Not Enough Love in the World" (Henley, Kortchmar, Benmont Tench) – 3:54
  5. "Sunset Grill" (Henley, Kortchmar, Tench) – 6:22
  6. "The End of the Innocence" (Henley, Bruce Hornsby) – 5:14
  7. "The Last Worthless Evening" (John Corey, Henley, Stan Lynch) – 6:05
  8. "New York Minute" (Henley, Kortchmar, Jai Winding) – 6:34
  9. "I Will Not Go Quietly" (Henley, Kortchmar) – 5:41
  10. "The Heart of the Matter" (Campbell, Henley, J.D. Souther) – 5:21
  11. "The Garden of Allah" (Corey, Paul Gurian, Henley, Lynch) – 7:02
  12. "You Don't Know Me at All" (Corey, Henley, Lynch) – 5:36
  13. "Everybody Knows" (Leonard CohenSharon Robinson) – 6:10

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Jeer vs. Sneer in the New Year

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Oppenheimer homecoming, with ad for 'Pussy-Footer' alarm clock

Jeer  yesterday by Sarah Palin —

“No more pussy-footin’ around!"

Sneer  in The Washington Post  this morning

By Chris Cillizza* January 20 at 7:11 AM  

"Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump's presidential campaign 
on Tuesday in Iowa. You may have heard that — unless you
were hiding under a pile of coats for the day. But, what you
likely missed is the speech — and I use that word advisedly
that Palin gave …."

Year  by Don Henley —

'Gentlemen (and I use that word loosely)'- Don Henley, 'The Garden of Allah'

*  Cillizza is the author of The Gospel According to the Fix .

See also Sunday's post New York Values, with its quote from
a review of the new Coen brothers film "Hail, Caesar!" about
the world of the Hollywood "fixer."

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

En Masse

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 7:00 PM

Yale Daily News  staff columnist Scott Greenberg today, 
in a piece titled "Filling Religion's Void" —

"The secularization of college students in America
has seemed a foregone conclusion for some time,
yet it represents a momentous shift for our university
and society at large that we have not yet
come to grips with….

Is the solution for our society and our University
to return to religion en masse?"

So to speak.

A Midrash for Greenberg:

An Ordinary Evening in New Haven
Meets an Evening in the Garden of Allah 

Thursday, September 13, 2012


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Yesterday's online Los Angeles Times  
on a film that inspired recent protests in Cairo—

The film… was shown on June 23
to an audience of less than 10
at a theater on Hollywood Boulevard,
a source familiar with the screening said….
The screening was at The Vine Theater,
which rents itself out for private screenings,
said one person involved in the theater.

An image from this journal on that same day, June 23

IMAGE- Rudolf Koch's version of the 'double cross' symbol

    Source: Rudolf KochThe Book of Signs

For some background on the symbol, see Damnation Morning.

See also Don Henley's Hollywood hymn "Garden of Allah."

Update of 8 PM Sept. 13, 2012—

Other sources give the film's screening date not as June 23,
2012, but rather as June 30, 2012. (BBC News, LAWEEKLY blogs)

The following post from this journal on that  date may or
may not have some religious relevance.

Saturday, June 30, 2012


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"… to snare the spirits of mankind in nets of magic"

— The aim of the artist, according to Thomas Wolfe

Related entertainment—

High-minded— Many Dimensions .

Not so high-minded— The Cosmic Cube .

Friday, December 16, 2011

Midnight in LA

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The Sherlock Holmes film "A Game of Shadows"
is apparently showing around midnight
(12:00 AM PST, 3:00 AM EST) tonight in LA
at the ArcLight Hollywood.

IMAGE- A Jesuit on words and shadows

This passage was quoted here on Sunday, November 27, this year.

For other words related to that date, see tonight's 11:02 post.

The serpent's eyes shine
As he wraps around the vine
In the Garden of Allah

— Don Henley

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Wednesday September 10, 2008

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this journal had
an entry, titled
“Back to the Garden,”
quoting Don Henley’s
song “Garden of Allah.”
Henley’s Garden is,
of course, not a
religious concept,
but rather a
Hollywood hotel.
(Think “Barton Fink.”)


An echo:

“We are stardust,
billion year old carbon.
We are golden,
caught in
the devil’s bargain,
and we’ve got to
get ourselves
back to the garden.”

Joni Mitchell

In memory of
one not caught in
the devil’s bargain —
W. Deen Mohammed,
who died yesterday —
a link:

and Soul

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Tuesday September 9, 2008

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:00 PM
And the fruit is rotten.
The serpent’s eyes shine
As he wraps around the vine
In the Garden of Allah.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Wednesday July 2, 2008

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM
Let Noon Be Fair

“The serpent’s eyes shine
As he wraps around the vine”

Scene from 'A Good Year'

A Good Year

Last summer’s journal

Related material:

'The Power Of The Center: A Study of Composition in the Visual Arts,' by Rudolf Arnheim

Cover illustration:

'Spies returning from the land of Canaan with a cluster of grapes,' Biblia Sacra Germanica

Spies returning from the land of
Canaan with a cluster of grapes.

 Colored woodcut from
Biblia Sacra Germanica,
Nuremberg, Anton Koberger, 1483.
Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Monday September 10, 2007

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 11:07 AM
The Story Theory
of Truth

“I’m a gun for hire,
I’m a saint, I’m a liar,
because there are no facts,
there is no truth,
just data to be manipulated.”

The Garden of Allah  

NY Lottery Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007: Mid-day 223, Evening 416

The data in more poetic form:

To 23,
For 16.


23: See
The Prime Cut Gospel.
16: See
Happy Birthday, Benedict XVI.

Related material:

The remarks yesterday
of Harvard president
Drew G. Faust
to incoming freshmen.

Faust “encouraged
the incoming class
to explore Harvard’s
many opportunities.

‘Think of it as
a treasure room
of hidden objects
Harry discovers
at Hogwarts,’
Faust said.”

Today’s Crimson   

For a less Faustian approach,
see the Harvard-educated
philosopher Charles Hartshorne
at The Harvard Square Library
and the words of another
Harvard-educated Hartshorne:

“Whenever one
 approaches a subject from
two different directions,
there is bound to be
an interesting theorem
expressing their relation.”
Robin Hartshorne

Monday, July 30, 2007

Monday July 30, 2007

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 7:00 PM
The Deathly Hallows Symbol

'Deathly Hallows symbol, related to the 'Snakes on a Plane' cartoon.

Some fear that the Harry Potter books introduce children to the occult; they are not entirely mistaken.

According to Wikipedia, the “Deathly Hallows” of the final Harry Potter novel are “three fictional magical objects that appear in the book.”

The vertical line, circle, and triangle in the symbol pictured above are said to refer to these three magical objects.

One fan relates the “Deathly Hallows” symbol above, taken from the spine of a British children’s edition of the book, to a symbol for “the divine (or sacred, or secret) fire” of alchemy. She relates this fire in turn to “serpent power” and the number seven:

Kristin Devoe at a Potter fan site:

“We know that seven is a powerful number in the novels. Tom Riddle calls it ‘the most powerfully magic number.‘ The ability to balance the seven chakras within oneself allows the person to harness the secret fire. This secret fire in alchemy is the same as the kundalini or coiled snake in yogic philosophy. It is also known as ‘serpent power’ or the ‘dragon’ depending on the tradition. The kundalini is polar in nature and this energy, this internal fire, is very powerful for those who are able to harness it and it purifies the aspirant allowing them the knowledge of the universe. This secret fire is the Serpent Power which transmutes the base metals into the Perfect Gold of the Sun.

It is interesting that the symbol of the caduceus in alchemy is thought to have been taken from the symbol of the kundalini. Perched on the top of the caduceus, or the staff of Hermes, the messenger of the gods and revealer of alchemy, is the golden snitch itself! Many fans have compared this to the scene in The Order of the Phoenix where Harry tells Dumbledore about the attack on Mr. Weasley and says, ‘I was the snake, I saw it from the snake’s point of view.

The chapter continues with Dumbledore consulting ‘one of the fragile silver instruments whose function Harry had never known,’ tapping it with his wand:

The instrument tinkled into life at once with rhythmic clinking noises. Tiny puffs of pale green smoke issued from the minuscule silver tube at the top. Dumbledore watched the smoke closely, his brow furrowed, and after a few seconds, the tiny puffs became a steady stream of smoke that thickened and coiled into he air… A serpent’s head grew out of the end of it, opening its mouth wide. Harry wondered whether the instrument was confirming his story; He looked eagerly at Dumbledore for a sign that he was right, but Dumbledore did not look up.

“Naturally, Naturally,” muttered Dumbledore apparently to himself, still observing the stream of smoke without the slightest sign of surprise. “But in essence divided?”

Harry could make neither head not tail of this question. The smoke serpent, however split instantly into two snakes, both coiling and undulating in the dark air. With a look of grim satisfaction Dumbledore gave the instrument another gentle tap with his wand; The clinking noise slowed and died, and the smoke serpents grew faint, became a formless haze, and vanished.

Could these coiling serpents of smoke be foreshadowing events to come in Deathly Hallows where Harry learns to ‘awaken the serpent’ within himself? Could the snake’s splitting in two symbolize the dual nature of the kundalini?”

Related material

The previous entry

“And the serpent’s eyes shine    
As he wraps around the vine
In The Garden of Allah” —

and the following
famous illustration of
the double-helix
structure of DNA:

 Odile Crick, drawing of DNA structure in the journal Nature, 1953
This is taken from
a figure accompanying
an obituary, in today’s
New York Times, of the
artist who drew the figure

The double helix
is not a structure
from magic; it may,
however, as the Rowling
quote above shows, have
certain occult uses,
better suited to
Don Henley’s
Garden of Allah
than to the
  Garden of Apollo.

Seven is Heaven...

Similarly, the three objects
above (Log24 on April 9)
are from pure mathematics–
the realm of Apollo, not
of those in Henley’s song.

The similarity of the
top object of the three —
the “Fano plane” — to
the “Deathly Hallows”
symbol is probably
entirely coincidental.

Monday July 30, 2007

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 AM
Garden Party
"And the serpent's eyes shine    
As he wraps around the vine…"

In The Garden of Allah

"But not, perhaps,
in the Garden of Apollo":

The Garden of Apollo: The 3x3 Grid

— "Garden Party" —
Log24, April 9, 2007

Related material:

"When, on the last day of February 1953 Francis told her excitedly of the double helix discovery, she took no notice: 'He was always saying that kind of thing.' But when nine years later she heard the news of the Nobel Prize while out shopping, she immediately rushed to the fishmonger for ice to fill the bath and cool the champagne: a party was inevitable."

— Matt Ridley on Odile Crick (The Independent, July 20, 2007), who drew what "may be the most famous [scientific] drawing of the 20th century, in that it defines modern biology," according to Terrence J. Sejnowski, a neuroscientist at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla quoted by Adam Bernstein in The Washington Post, July 21, 2007

See also "Game Boy"
(Log24 on the Feast
of the Transfiguration–
August 6, 2006):

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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Saturday June 30, 2007

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:00 PM
An Evening Star

for Rabbi Abraham Klausner,
a “father figure” according to

The New York Times.
The Times says Klausner
died at 92 on
Thursday, June 28, 2007:

(Click to enlarge.)

Rabbi Abraham Klausner

Klausner was a rabbi
in Yonkers until his
retirement in 1989.
The evening number in
the New York Lottery
on the reported date of
Klausner’s death
was 514.

As in the previous entry,
this number may be
interpreted as the date 5/14.

A Log24 entry with that date


Sunday, May 14, 2006

Today’s birthday: George Lucas,
creator of the mother of all battle epics.

STAR WARS continued:

March 29 eclipse
Star of Venus
Star of Venus
(See March 26-29)

In the details:

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Clicking on “Joshua” will take you
to a site on a film opening
July 6.  That site describes

the title character as follows:
“Joshua is no ordinary boy….

He’s exceptionally intelligent and frighteningly precocious.

He has an angelic politeness and an easy cool that belie his young age….

Is it all a series of eerie coincidences or are they in the midst of an unimaginably evil mind? And could it be Joshua who, like his Biblical namesake, is bringing the house tumbling down around his family?”

The “Biblical namesake” is the
Joshua of the Old Testament–
source of the deeply flawed
“tumbling down” analogy.

In the New Testament,

there is of course also
a rather famous Joshua.

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“And the serpent’s eyes shine  
   as he wraps around the vine….”

The Garden of Allah


Thursday, May 10, 2007

Thursday May 10, 2007

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Existential Dread in LA,

Click to enlarge.

For background on photo-surrealist
Charlie White, click here.

The Times story is another excellent
example of the New York Times’s
 highly sophisticated– some might
say, degenerate– approach to
cultural and lifestyle coverage.

The story is from the paper’s
Home and Garden section.

Related material:
The Garden of Allah.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Wednesday April 18, 2007

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:00 PM

Candlelight vigil at Virginia Tech, April 17, 2007

Andrew Russell, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Candlelight vigil at Virginia Tech,
Tuesday, April 17, 2007

VA lottery April 17, 2007: Day 826, Night 102.

Virginia Lottery, Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Candlelight Vigil, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

“I love those Bavarians… so meticulous.”

— “In the Garden of Allah

Click on images to enlarge.

Monday, April 9, 2007

Monday April 9, 2007

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Garden Party

“And the fruit is rotten;
 the serpent’s eyes shine
 as he wraps around the vine
in the Garden of Allah.
— Don Henley

But not, perhaps,
in the Garden of Apollo:

The Garden of Apollo: The 3x3 Grid

Click on the image
for further details.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Friday December 15, 2006

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 Putting the
in Xmas

“It’s all in Plato, all in Plato;
bless me, what do they
teach them at these schools?”

C. S. Lewis

Apparently they teach them nihilism, empty rhetoric, and despair, as reflected in Borges, Baudrillard, and Benjamin, according to the art review below from today’s New York Times.  Let us hope that the late Peter Boyle, who died on Tuesday, Dec. 12, has moved beyond these now– singing “Heaven, I’m in Heaven,” rather than “Puttin’ on the Ritz.”

Ritz and Heaven

Black, White, and
Read All Over

by Randy Kennedy
in The New York Times
Friday, Dec. 15, 2006

“In one of Jorge Luis Borges’s best-known short stories, ‘Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote,’ a 20th-century French writer sets out to compose a verbatim copy of Cervantes’s 17th-century masterpiece simply because he thinks he can, originality perhaps not being all it’s cracked up to be.

He manages two chapters word for word, a spontaneous duplicate that Borges’s narrator finds to be ‘infinitely richer’ than the original because it contains all manner of new meanings and inflections, wrenched as it is from its proper time and context….”

[An artist’s version of a newspaper is]….

“a drawing of a copy of a version of what happened, holding a mirror up to nature with a refraction or two in between.  In a way that mixes Borges with a dollop of Jean Baudrillard and a heavy helping of Walter Benjamin, the work also upends ideas….”

The Work:

Pennsylvania Lottery
December 2006
Daily Number (Day):

Menard’s Quixote, and
The Harvard Crimson
Mon., Dec. 11:
(via a white Matrix)
Sun., Dec. 10:
Benjamin and
a black view of life in
“The Garden of Allah
Sat., Dec. 9:

Click on numbers
for commentary.

Borges and Benjamin are
  referenced directly in the
  commentary. For Baudrillard,
  see Richard Hanley on
  Baudrillard and The Matrix:

“There is nothing new under the sun. With the death of the real, or rather with its (re)surrection, hyperreality both emerges and is already always reproducing itself.”  –Jean Baudrillard

Related material:

To Be,”

The Transcendent Signified,”


Postmodern Religion


Sunday, December 10, 2006

Sunday December 10, 2006

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The Matrix:

Time and Chance
on the 90th Birthday
of Kirk Douglas,
star of
The Garden of Allah

The Lottery 12/9/06 Mid-day Evening
New York 036


The Quest
for the 36


See 3/31

“square crystal” and “the symbolism could not have been more perfect.”

Pennsylvania 602

See 6/02

Walter Benjamin
“Adamic language.”


See 1/11

“Related material:
Jung’s Imago and Solomon’s Cube.”

See also

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Sunday, August 13, 2006

Sunday August 13, 2006

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:20 PM
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author of
Evil Incarnate
Univ. Press)

Via dell’Inferno

“Most modern men
 do not believe in hell
 because they have
 not been there.”
— Review of
   Malcolm Lowry’s
   Under the Volcano

The Death of Satan:
How Americans Have
Lost the Sense of Evil

— Title of book by
    Andrew Delbanco

Song based on
Delbanco’s book:

The serpent’s eyes shine
 as he wraps
   around the vine
 in the Garden of Allah.”
— Don Henley

Tuesday, December 6, 2005

Tuesday December 6, 2005

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:00 PM
Headline in today’s New York Times:

‘Year of Magical Thinking’
Headed for Broadway

which suggests…

Heaven, Hell,
and Hollywood


“This could be Heaven
or this could be Hell.”

The Eagles, Hotel California

There are no facts,
there is no truth–
just data to be manipulated

Don Henley, The Garden of Allah


The New York Lottery numbers
on Joan Didion’s birthday,
Monday, Dec. 5, 2005, were

Mid-day 729,
Evening 439.

Since that day’s Log24 entry,
Magical Thinking, interpreted
the previous day’s (Sunday’s)
NY lottery numbers as a date
and a page number, it seems
appropriate to do a follow-up.

Date 7/29:

See Log24, 7/29/05,
Anatomy of a Death:

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Page 439:

See Bartlett’s Familiar
, 1919, p. 439

A man’s ingress into the world
is naked and bare,
His progress through the world
is trouble and care;
And lastly,
his egress out of the world,
is nobody knows where.

— John Edwin (1749-1790)

Related material:

The Log24 version of
“This Way to the Egress,”
Directions Out,
linked to in yesterday’s
  Magical Thinking.

Monday, August 1, 2005

Monday August 1, 2005

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

    "Earlier, there had been mapping projects in Saudi Arabia's Rub' al-Khali, the Empty Quarter in the south and west of the country….
"Empty" is a misnomer…  the Rub' al-Khali contains many hidden riches.'"

Maps from the Sky,
   Saudi Aramco World, March/April 1995

From Weaveworld

Book Three:
Out of the Empty Quarter,
 by Clive Barker, 1987:

… As a child he'd learned the names of all the angels and archangels by heart: and among the mighty, Uriel was of the mightiest.  The archangel of salvation: called by some the flame of God…. What had he done, stepping into the presence of such power?  This was Uriel, of the principalities….
    Another of the angel's attributes rose from memory now, and with it a sudden shock of comprehension.  Uriel had been the angel left to stand guard at the gates of Eden.
    At the word, the creature blazed.  Though the ages had driven it to grief and forgetfulness, it was still an angel: its fires unquenchable.  The wheels of its body rolled, the visible mathematics of its essence turning on itself and preparing for new terrors.
    There were others here, the Seraph said, that called this place Eden.  But I never knew it by that name.
    "What, then?" Shadwell asked.
    Paradise, said the Angel, and at the word a new picture appeared in Shadwell's mind.  It was the garden, in another age….
    This was a place of making, the Angel said.  Forever and ever.  Where things came to be.
    "To be?"
    To find a form, and enter the world.


"The serpent's eyes shine
As he wraps around the vine
In the Garden of Allah."

Don Henley, 1995  

Friday, July 29, 2005

Friday July 29, 2005

Filed under: General — Tags: , — m759 @ 4:44 AM
Anatomy of a Death

From today's New York Times:

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From the Washington Post:

"Al Held, an American artist who painted large-scale abstract works… was found dead July 27, floating in a swimming pool at his villa…. The cause of death was not reported, but Italian police said he died of natural causes. He was 76."

From the Associated Press,
filed at 4:34 PM ET July 27, 2005:

"Held once described his work this way: 'Historically, the priests and wise men believed that it was the artist's job to make images of heaven and hell believable, even though nobody had experienced these places.'

'Today,' he went on, 'scientists talk about vast worlds and universes that the senses cannot experience. The purpose of the nonobjective artist is to create these images.'"

Another view:

"Most modern men do not believe in hell because they have not been there."
— Review of Malcolm Lowry's novel Under the Volcano (1947)

Related material:

The Four Last Things.

  Hollywood images:
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And from Mathematics and Narrative:

By Their Fruits

Today's (July 22) birthdays:
Don Henley and Willem Dafoe

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Related material:

Mathematics and Narrative,


"And the fruit is rotten;
the serpent's eyes shine
as he wraps around the vine
in the Garden of Allah."

Friday, July 22, 2005

Friday July 22, 2005

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By Their Fruits

Today’s birthdays:
Don Henley and Willem Dafoe

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Related material:

Mathematics and Narrative


“And the fruit is rotten;
the serpent’s eyes shine
as he wraps around the vine
in the Garden of Allah.

Wednesday, September 18, 2002

Wednesday September 18, 2002

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 3:43 AM

The Garden of Allah

 There she stood in the doorway;

I heard the mission bell. And I was thinking to myself, “This could be Heaven or this could be Hell.”
Then she lit up a candle
and she showed me the way…

Mirrors on the ceiling, pink champagne on ice. And she said, “We are all just prisoners here of our own device.”



“The song is loosely based on a recently published book (actually, I wrote the song before I read the book), The Death of Satan  (How Americans Have Lost the Sense of Evil), written by Andrew Delbanco….

…we land at last smack-dab in the ‘culture of irony,’ which is where we sit, like Job, in dust and ashes.


Satan is quite frustrated because things have gotten so bad that even he is confounded….

He waxes nostalgic about the good ol’ days when he hung out in Hollywood with the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Aldous Huxley… [at] the historic Garden of Allah apartment hotel.


A 3 1/2-acre hotel complex of Spanish-style bungalows that once stood on Sunset Boulevard…. During its three-decade heyday, the Garden of Allah was the site of robberies, orgies, drunken rages, tense honeymoons, bloody brawls, divorces, suicides, and murder.”

Sunday, September 8, 2002

Sunday September 8, 2002

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

In honor of the September 8 birthdays of

From a website on Donna Tartt‘s novel The Secret History… 

“It is like a storyteller looking up suddenly into the eyes of his audience across the embers of a once blazing fire…

…the reader feels privy to the secrets of human experience by their passage down through the ages; the telling and re-telling. A phrase from the ghost in Hamlet comes to mind:

‘I could a tale unfold whose lightest word /
Would harrow up thy soul…..’ “

This work of literature seems especially relevant at the start of a new school year, and in light of my remarks below about ancient Greek religion. One should, when praising Apollo, never forget that Dionysus is also a powerful god.

For those who prefer film to the written word, I recommend “Barton Fink” as especially appropriate viewing for the High Holy Days. Judy Davis (my favorite actress) plays a Faulkner-figure’s “secretary” who actually writes most of his scripts.

Tartt is herself from Faulkner country.  For her next book, see this page from Square Books, 160 Courthouse Square, Oxford, Misssissippi.

Let us pray that Tartt fares better in real life than Davis did in the movie.

As music for the High Holy Days, I recommend Don Henley’s “The Garden of Allah.” For some background on the actual Garden of Allah Hotel at 8080 Sunset Boulevard (where “Barton Fink” might have taken place), see


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