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Friday, September 26, 2014

The X-Men Omen

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Days of Future Past :

Saturday, December 7, 2013

For the X-Men of St Andrews…

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… and Little Colva

Two links on a Jewish approach to such matters:
Bee Season and, more generally, Kabbalah.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

McX-Men

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Click for clearer image.

From Willard Van Orman Quine Guest Book Volume 1

"May 7, 1997 'McX and Wyman' — In his essay 'On What There Is', Willard Quine introduces two fictional philosophers who put forward certain ontological doctrines: McX and Wyman. It would be interesting to know whether Quine was thereby alluding to some real philosophers. My guess for McX would be Hugh MacColl, but I have no idea who Wyman might stand for. Thanks for considering the question! from Dr. Kai F. Wehmeier — Email: Kai.Wehmeier (at) math.uni-muenster.de Web Page: http://wwwmath.uni-muenster.de/math/users/wehmeier/"

"I spoke with Prof Quine last night regarding your question which he found interesting. He says his intention was to create some fictional philosophers ('X' and 'Y') to illustrate some of his concerns. There may also have been a 'Z' man. These fictional philosophers were not designed to represent any particular philosophers although their viewpoints may happen [to] reflect those of actual philosophers. – Doug” [Douglas Boynton Quine]

Related material: 

The X-Men Tree (Nov. 12),
X-Men Tree continued (Nov. 17),
Waiting for Ogdoad (Oct. 30),
Interpenetrative Ogdoad (Oct. 31),
Waiting for Ogdoad continued (Nov. 30),
For Sean Connery on St. Andrew's Day (Nov. 30).

Sunday, November 17, 2013

The X-Men Tree

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Continued from November 12, 2013. A post on that date
showed the tree from Waiting for Godot  along with the two
X-Men patriarchs. See also last night's Chapel post,
which shows a more interesting tree—

A recent book on the Langlands program by Edward Frenkel
repeats a metaphor about building a bridge  between unrelated
worlds within mathematics. A review of the Frenkel book by
Marcus du Sautoy replaces the bridge  metaphor with a wormhole .
Some users of such metaphors seem to feel they are justified, 
for maximum rhetorical effect, in lying about the unrelatedness of
the worlds being connected. The connections they discuss are
surprising (see the Eichler function discussed by Frenkel and
du Sautoy), but the connections occur, at least in the case of
elliptic curves and modular forms, between areas of mathematics
long known to be, in less subtle ways, related. See remarks
from 2005 by Diamond and Shurman below.

Related material:

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The X-Men Tree

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Related material:

The comments on a Log24 post of Nov. 6, 2013,
remarks by Michael Worton on the tree in 
"Waiting for Godot," images from the film
"The Tree of Life," and, in memory of Robert
de Marrais, an image search from this evening:
"Spelling the Tree" + "de Marrais," 2 MB.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Tiger’s Leap  to 1905

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Walter Benjamin on 'a tiger's leap into the past'

See other posts
now tagged
Crosswicks Curse.

 

Click to enlarge:

Block Designs?

Friday, August 9, 2019

Design Theory

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Click to enlarge:

Block Designs?

Sunday, July 28, 2019

New! Improved! Tinfoil Hat

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From a post of Dec., 20, 2014

Signs Movie Stills: Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Patricia Kalember, M. Night Shyamalan

From "X-Men: First Class" —

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Mine Games: Six Degrees

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From yesterday's post Mythos and Logos

 .

On January 20, 2011 —

Also on January 20, 2011 —

Friday, July 5, 2019

Ex Nihilo

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IMAGE- James McAvoy (left) and Michael Fassbender in 'X-Men: First Class'

The previous post suggests a line for James McAvoy —

"Pardon me boy, is this the Transylvania Station?"

Bolyai 'worlds out of nothing' quote

See as well "Out of Nothing" in this journal.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The Crooning

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For fans of the story theory of truth  

 A "tale as old as time . . ."
 — Song lyric,  Beauty and the Beast

Nicholas Hoult as X-Men "Beast" Hank McCoy

See also the previous post, "Equals Tolkien?"

Related material The real  McCoy

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Déjà Vu All Over Again

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From 2004

From 2013

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Poetry in Action

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The title is that of the cover essay in 
the Sunday, August 6, 2017, issue
of The New York Times Book Review .

From a poem on page 17 —

"Avoidance of boredom drives the body forward."

By the same poet, Mary Jo Bang

"A circular mirror of the social order is something
like a master with an exclusive club membership
until a woman comes through the revolving door."

These remarks, and the life of Matthew Vaughn, director of
"X-Men: First Class" and other films (cf. this morning's post 
Dichotomy), suggest a review of the Nobel Flashback post
of October 6, 2016. A retitled sample —

Avoidance of Boredom

Friday, March 31, 2017

Women’s History Month

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http://www.log24.com/log/pix11/110301-Inception256w.jpg

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

Sunday, March 5, 2017

A Hitch in Hell

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The New York Times  today on a Feb. 24 death —

"Mr. Tenney was released when Japan surrendered
in August 1945, days after America dropped atomic
bombs on Hiroshima and on Nagasaki, a city across
the bay from the prison camp where he was held.
. . . .

Mr. Tenney recounted his wartime experiences in
a memoir, My Hitch in Hell , published in 1995."

Related material —

Box office report for opening weekend of Wolverine's X-Men spinoff 'Logan'

Zen ideal —

"… and Hell followed with him.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Cuber

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Nobel Flashback:

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Nobel Note

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"It's going to be accomplished in steps,
this establishment of the Talented
​in the scheme of things."

— To Ride Pegasus ,
     by Anne McCaffrey (Radcliffe '47)

From a post of Jan. 11, 2012 —

Tension in the Common Room

IMAGE- 'Launched from Cuber' scene in 'X-Men: First Class'

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

V is for Verity

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Or: Spectral Theory 
(continued from Oct. 2, 2013, and earlier)

A memorable phrase by Verity Stob
at theregister.co.uk on Jan. 26:

"… remember you're not just an emotionless Dalek.
You are in the lavender  band of the autistic spectrum."

See also lavender  in this journal

("Dalek, Spacek.  Spacek, Dalek.")

Verity herself —

Verity's column, illustrated above, on Nov. 12, 2013,
was titled "Three Men in a Tardis."

Connoisseurs of synchronicity may consult my own
remarks on that date.  Three men discussed there
are the two X-Men patriarchs Patrick Stewart and 
Ian McKellen, as well as a more interesting character,
composer Sir John Tavener.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

An Education

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AP Today in History 
Thought for the Day:

“I respect faith, but doubt is what
gives you an education.”
Wilson Mizner
     American playwright (1876-1933)*

From this journal on the (wide) release date
of "X-Men: First Class" —

A minimalist 3×3 matrix favicon—

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11A/110518-3x3FaviconURL.jpg

This may, if one likes, be viewed as the "nothing"
present at the Creation.  See Jim Holt on physics.

* A source —

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Launched from Cuber

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Continued from Nobel Note (Jan. 29, 2014).

IMAGE- 'Launched from Cuber' scene in 'X-Men: First Class'

From Tradition in Action , "The Missal Crisis of '62,"
remarks on the revision of the Catholic missal in that year—

"Neither can the claim that none of these changes
is heretical in content be used as an argument
in favor of its use, for neither is the employment of
hula girls, fireworks, and mariachis strictly speaking
heretical in itself, but they belong to that class of novel
and profane things that do not belong in the Mass."

— Fr. Patrick Perez, posted Sept. 11, 2007 

See also this  journal on November 22, 2014

Say Bingo to my little friend

    … and on Bruce Springsteen's birthday this year —

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Matrix

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From AP’s Today in History:

Happy birthday.

“It all adds up.” — Saul Bellow

The Matrix:

 

 

 

 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sermon

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Bridge to Alcatraz ('X-Men: The Last Stand')

“… just as God defeats the devil: this bridge exists….” — André Weil

Magneto ('X-Men' series)

The bridge illustration is thanks to Magneto.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Imaginary Bridge

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In memory of Nicholas Romanov, who reportedly died on Sept. 15, 2014 (British time).

Frank Rich in a New York Times  book review with online date July 31, 2014:

” The Invisible Bridge  takes its title from a bit of cynical political advice
bestowed on Nixon by Nikita Khrushchev: ‘If the people believe there’s
an imaginary river out there, you don’t tell them there’s no river there.
You build an imaginary bridge over the imaginary river.’ “

The book under review discusses a span of history beginning in 1973.

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11A/110615-RiverOfRivers.jpg

— Wallace Stevens, Collected Poems

See also Logan and Xavier discussing history at the end of
X-Men: Days of Future Past.”

Friday, September 26, 2014

Time

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For T. S. Eliot’s birthday:

“Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,
And time future contained in time past.
If all time is eternally present
All time is unredeemable.
What might have been is an abstraction
Remaining a perpetual possibility
Only in a world of speculation.
What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present.”

— Opening passage of  Four Quartets

See also the previous post.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Nobel Note

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"It's going to be accomplished in steps,
this establishment of the Talented
​in the scheme of things."

— To Ride Pegasus ,
     by Anne McCaffrey (Radcliffe '47)

From a post of Jan. 11, 2012 —

Tension in the Common Room

IMAGE- 'Launched from Cuber' scene in 'X-Men: First Class'

Monday, November 25, 2013

Windows

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Ben Brantley reviewing a show by the X-Men patriarchs
that opened on Sunday:

"This isn’t just a matter of theatergoers chuckling
to show that they’re smart and cultured and had
damn well better be having a good time after
forking out all that money…."

I prefer reality (which includes the life of Fred Kavli:

See also Saturday's posts Chess and Frame Tale.

Whether the patriarch Kavli, pictured above, is now having
a good time, I do not know. I hope so.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Frame Tale (continued)

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See The X-Men Tree,  another tree,  and Trinity MOG.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Roll Credits

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See also Howl in this journal.

Related material from a June 22, 2013, post

Kitty in Uncanny X-Men #168 (April 1983)

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Modes of Being

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From today's earlier post, Stevens and the Rock

"Rock shows him something that transcends
the precariousness of his humanity:
an absolute mode of being.
Its strength, its motionlessness, its size
and its strange outlines
are none of them human;
they indicate the presence of something
that fascinates, terrifies, attracts and threatens,
all at once."

— Mircea Eliade, Patterns in Comparative Religion  (1958)

An object with such an "absolute mode of being"
is the plot center of a new novel discussed here previously
Max Barry's Lexicon . From a perceptive review:

I believe he’s hit on something special here.
It’s really no surprise that Matthew Vaughn
of Kick-Ass  and X-Men: First Class  fame
has bought the rights to maybe make the movie;
Lexicon  certainly has the makings of a fine film.

Or graphic  novel  Whatever.

Kitty in Uncanny X-Men #168 (April 1983)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

But Seriously…

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From Deadline Hollywood

A film producer's death "between Friday night and early Saturday morning,"
April 13-14, 2012—

R.I.P. Martin Poll

By THE DEADLINE TEAM | Sunday April 15, 2012 @ 7:36 pm PDT

Veteran movie and TV producer Martin Poll died between Friday night and early Saturday morning of natural causes at a care facility on the Upper Westside in New York City. He was 89.

See also the post linked to on the afternoon of Friday the 13th of April—

"All the saints have powers." — Cardinal Marchisano.

Happy birthday,  James McAvoy (at left below in X-Men: First Class ).

IMAGE- James McAvoy (left) and Michael Fassbender in 'X-Men: First Class'

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Go Ask Emma*

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From Katherine Neville's novel The Eight  (see also April 4, Der Einsatz )—

IMAGE- Porsche racecar decorated with the White Queen, Emma Frost of X-Men

"You walked out of my dreams and into my car…"

* Frost

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Language Game

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Tension in the Common Room

IMAGE- 'Launched from Cuber' scene in 'X-Men: First Class'

In memory of population geneticist James F. Crow,
who died at 95 on January 4th.

Monday, January 9, 2012

M Theory

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Yesterday's All About Eve post featured Pope John Paul II
with his close friend and confidant Jerzy Kluger.
Their counterparts Xavier and Magneto in the recent film
"X-Men: First Class," together with Catholic doctrine on telepathy,
suggest  the following meditations.

Douglas Hofstadter on interpenetration

IMAGE- 'Interpenetration' in Douglas Hofstadter's 'I Am a Strange Loop'

— as well as Trinity in this journal.

First the punchline—

Script M (interpreted by some scanners as '771.')

Then the joke.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Hierophant

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Some background for yesterday's posts:

Midrash for Gnostics and related notes,
as well as yesterday's New York Lottery

                                      ….    "We seek
The poem of pure reality, untouched
By trope or deviation, straight to the word,
Straight to the transfixing object, to the object
At the exactest point at which it is itself,
Transfixing by being purely what it is…."
— Wallace Stevens (1879-1955),
“An Ordinary Evening in New Haven” IX

"Reality is the beginning not the end,
Naked Alpha, not the hierophant Omega,
of dense investiture, with luminous vassals."
— Wallace Stevens,
“An Ordinary Evening in New Haven” VI

Wikipedia

"A hierophant is a person who brings religious congregants into the presence of that which is deemed holy . The word comes from Ancient Greece, where it was constructed from the combination of ta hiera , 'the holy,' and phainein , 'to show.' In Attica it was the title of the chief priest at the Eleusinian Mysteries. A hierophant is an interpreter of sacred mysteries and arcane principles."

Weyl as Alpha, Chern as Omega—

(Click to enlarge.)

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11A/110610-WeylChernSm.jpg

Postscript for Ellen Page, star of "Smart People"
and of "X-Men: The Last Stand"— a different  page 679.

Your assignment, should you choose to accept it—

Interpret today's  NY lottery numbers— Midday 815, Evening 888.

My own bias is toward 815 as 8/15 and 888 as a trinity,
but there may be less obvious and more interesting approaches.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Historical Fiction

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IMAGE- SecDef nominee Panetta ponders X-Men

But perhaps not a supreme  fiction.

"When we left the theater, my son and I knew we had experienced the most thrilling movie of the summer. 'First Class' is narratively lean, beautifully acted and, at all the right moments, visually stunning. But I had experienced something else. My son is 10 and a romantic, as all 10-year-olds surely have the right to be. How then do I speak to him of this world’s masterminds who render you a supporting actor in your own story?"

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Midnight and Paris

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'X-Men: First Class' Does
Good Midnight Business

“Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death,
and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you.”
– Ernest Hemingway,
   Death in the Afternoon, Ch. 11

“There is never any ending to Paris….”
– Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

See also Back from the Shadows.

Friday, June 3, 2011

First Class

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It's a very ancient saying, but a true and honest thought,
that if you become a teacher, by your pupils you'll be taught
.”

Related material—

* Spiritual Exercises  of Ignatius Loyola—

Composition of Place

It should be noted here that for contemplation or meditation about
visible things…  the ‘composition’ will consist in seeing through the
gaze of the imagination the material place where the object I want
to contemplate is situated.

West Side Memories  (an off-off-off-off Broadway production)—

http://www.log24.com/log/pix11A/110603-CompositionOfPlace-Sm.jpg

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…

Symbology
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

Sunday, January 7, 2007

Sunday January 7, 2007

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Birthday Greetings
to Nicolas Cage
from Marxists.org

Fredric Jameson, Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism

Various forms of “the modern movement” that include “… the modernist school of poetry (as institutionalised and canonised in the works of Wallace Stevens) all are now seen as the final, extraordinary flowering of a high-modernist impulse which is spent and exhausted…” —marxists.org:

“One of the primary critiques of modernism that Learning from Las Vegas was engaged in, as Frederic [sic] Jameson clearly noted, was the dialectic between inside and outside and the assumption that the outside expressed the interior.* Let’s call this the modernist drive for ‘expressive transparency.'”

Aron Vinegar of Ohio State U., “Skepticism and the Ordinary: From Burnt Norton to Las Vegas

* Jameson, Frederic [sic]. 1988. “Architecture and the Critique of Ideology.” The Ideologies of Theory: Essays, 1971-1986. Volume 2. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 59.

Steven Helmling, The Success and Failure of Fredric Jameson, SUNY Press, 2001, p. 54–

Jameson “figures the inside/outside problem in the metaphor of the ‘prison-house of language’….”

      
      Jung and the Imago Dei:

 “… Jung presents a diagram  
    to illustrate the dynamic
      movements of the self….”

…the movement of
a self in the rock…

Stevens, The Rock, and Piranesi's Prisons

Wallace Stevens:
The Poems of Our Climate
,
by Harold Bloom,
Cornell U. Press, 1977

“Welcome to The Rock.”
— Sean Connery

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“… just as God defeats the devil:
this bridge exists….”
Andre Weil

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The bridge illustration
is thanks to Magneto.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Wednesday December 20, 2006

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Spike

"For every kind of vampire,
there is a kind of cross."
— Thomas Pynchon  

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"Also on the card is Adrien Brody ('The Thin Red Line') as a poseur proto-punk who lives in his parents' converted garage and strips at an underground gay club. He takes heat from his former friends– the aforementioned neighborhood toughs– for affecting an English accent and wearing a mohawk…."

Rob Blackwelder review of Spike Lee's "Summer of Sam" (1999)

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"With its white community focus, Summer of Sam is something of a departure for Lee. But with its immaculate script, faultless acting and Lee's own cameo performance, it is a typical Spike Lee film. Plenty of rapid-fire, wise-cracking dialogue and hectic crowd scenes make it fraught with tension from beginning to end. Hectic, inventive, gritty, witty, edgy and provocative, no detail is too small to escape Lee's attention and no issue too large as the film's perceptive dissection of human nature moves effortlessly between humour and horror."

Andrea Henry review

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"At another end of the sexual confusion spectrum, there's Vinny's childhood friend, now turned spiky-haired punk rocker, Ritchie (Adrien Brody). Recently he's started dating Ruby (Jennifer Esposito), erstwhile neighborhood tramp. They are both redeemed by their relationship, which at least at first, involves no sex, technically. Where Vinny struggles with his culturally instilled madonna-whore complex, Ritchie's just back from a stint living in the Village, looking for an identity that's distinct from his Italian gotta-be-macho upbringing. Eventually, he gets a gig at CBGB's ('How do you spell that?' wonders Vinny), but in order to make ends meet (and pay for his new guitar), he's dancing and turning tricks at Male World, a decrepit gay club where he performs fellatio with a life-sized dummy on stage, and, you assume, with clients offscreen."

Cynthia Fuchs revew (title: "Sex and the City")
 

Oscar's War on Women: 

Susan G. Cole on the  
75th Annual Academy Awards,
presented March 23, 2003 —

"I watched Halle Berry wipe her mouth off after Adrien Brody, in the heat of his excitement, laid the lip-lock on her for five full excruciating seconds. She was stunned, and seemed to have no idea what had happened to her. I'll tell you what happened, Halle: it's called sexual assault."

Mephisto vs. the X-Men, Vol. 1, No. 3

The Kiss…

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Where's the Oscar
for the mouth-wipe?

Friday, May 13, 2005

Friday May 13, 2005

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Powers

From today’s New York Times

Francesco Marchisano, made a cardinal
on October 21, 2003:

“All the saints have powers.”

Tonight at 8 PM ET on Fox: X-Men.

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