Monday, February 25, 2019

A Nervy Makeover is Born

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The previous post suggests a review

Karaoke Specials

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From 1988


See as well . . .

From a 2003 film

Friday, September 21, 2018

Symmetric Generation, by Nao

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"The creation of a new world
        starts now.
Once again I am tied
        to the logic of this

Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson in 'Lost in Translation'

Sunday, January 21, 2018

At Which Point

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"In 'Sophistry,' a new play by Jonathan Marc Sherman
at the Playwrights Horizons Studio, a popular tenured
professor stands accused of sexual harassment
by a male student."

— Frank Rich in The New York Times , theater review
on October 12, 1993

"At which point another play, inchoate but arresting,
edges into view." — Rich, ibid.

"Johansson began acting during childhood,
after her mother started taking her to auditions.
She made her professional acting debut
at the age of eight in the off-Broadway production
of 'Sophistry' with Ethan Hawke, at New York's
Playwrights Horizons."

— IMDb Mini Biography by: Pedro Borges 

" 'Suddenly, I was 19 again and I started to remember
all the men I'd known who had taken advantage of
the fact that I was a young woman who didn't yet have
the tools to say no, or to understand the value of
my own self-worth,' the Avengers star described. 
'I had many relationships both personal and professional
where the power dynamic was so off that I had to create
a narrative in which I was the cool girl who could hang in
and hang out, and that sometimes meant compromising
what felt right for me . . . . ' "

— Scarlett Johansson yesterday at the 2018 Women's March
in Los Angeles, as reported in E! News .

Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson in 'Lost in Translation'

Image in a Log24 post
of March 12, 2009.

Thursday, September 14, 2017


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Scarlett Johansson, opening of 'Lost in Translation' (2003)

From a site suggested by a comment of Josefine Lyche

"You grab your experiential richness where you find it."

— Roberta Smith, "Postwar Art Gets a Nervy Makeover"
     in the online New York Times  today

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Desargues and Galois in Japan

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Related material now available online —

A less business-oriented sort of virtual reality —

Link to 'Desargues via Galois' in Japan

For example, "A very important configuration is obtained by
taking the plane section of a complete space five-point." 
(Veblen and Young, 1910, p. 39)—

'Desargues via Galois' in Japan (via Pinterest)

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Shell Game

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:10 PM

See "No Space or Time" in this journal and
the new trailer, starring Scarlett Johansson,
for "Ghost in the Shell."

Related philosophy — Search Log24 for "Trinity."

Friday, October 21, 2016


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See also "Diamond Pivot" in this journal.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Folding

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A recent post about the eightfold cube  suggests a review of two
April 8, 2015, posts on what Northrop Frye called the ogdoad :

As noted on April 8, each 2×4 "brick" in the 1974 Miracle Octad Generator
of R. T. Curtis may be constructed by folding  a 1×8 array from Turyn's
1967 construction of the Golay code.

Folding a 2×4 Curtis array yet again  yields the 2x2x2 eightfold cube .

Those who prefer an entertainment  approach to concepts of space
may enjoy a video (embedded yesterday in a story on theverge.com) —
"Ghost in the Shell: Identity in Space." 

Friday, September 4, 2015

“Tell it to the hand.”

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:12 AM

A followup to the previous post, Delft Speaks  —

Manohla Dargis, film reviewer, on illusionist Penn Jillette:

“It’s as if Vermeer,” Mr. Jillette says, “were
some unfathomable genius who could just
walk up to a canvas and magically paint
with light.” And everyone knows — perhaps
professional illusionists most of all — that
magic doesn’t exist.

"Tell it to the hand."

Monday, December 1, 2014

Good Question

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"A friend asked why I am saying kaddish.
 A good question."

Kaddish , by Leon Wieseltier, Chapter One

Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman

Scarlett Johansson
and Natalie Portman

See Scarlett in Lucy 

Barry Rudd at the end of John Hersey's
1960 novel The Child Buyer :

"Fascinating to be a specimen,
truly fascinating.  Do you suppose
I really can develop an I.Q. of
over a thousand?"

and Natalie in Black Swan .

Midrash :

December 2, 2014

  • "12:30 pm we leave for the historic
    Princeton Cemetery on Witherspoon and
    Paul Robson Streets to assemble for
    a service and burial at 2:00 pm."

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Saturday-Morning Concept

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Why Is Our Sci-Fi So Glum About A.I.?,”
by Jayson Greene, NY Times Sunday Magazine  today —

“You come to pity these advanced beings, bumping against
the dunderheaded constraints that their less-advanced
creators have placed on them. Johansson’s Lucy grows so
powerful as her cerebral capacity multiplies that she is able
to manipulate her cellular structure. And yet, when pursued
by an entire planet’s worth of law enforcement, she settles
on a disguise straight out of Saturday-morning cartoons —
really big sunglasses and a hairdo change.”

See also this  journal on Saturday morning for a definition, and
Geometry of the I Ching for examples, of

changeable, instantiable entities, i.e., concrete universals.

Above the entrance to Plato's Academy: AGEOMETRETOS MEDEIS EISITO

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Point of Reference

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A note from the director of the 2014 Scarlett Johansson film Lucy :

Revised version of a post of February 9, 2006, with links repaired:

Space, Time, and Scarlett


From last night’s Grammy awards, lyrics:

“a place where there’s no space or time”
– Leon Russell

Aguilera's version wasn't bad, but …

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“Scarlett Johansson does this ‘old Hollywood glam’ look
much better.”

For a reference to the place described in Russell’s lyrics,
see the riff on the number “265″ linked to in last night’s
Midnight in the Garden of the Soul.”

The "point of reference" outside space and time
in the 2006 Johansson post above is of course "265."

For Plato's remarks at this reference point, see Phaedrus
265d and 265e in this morning's post.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Lucy Meets Kant

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“Towards the sticky end of a summer of films based on toys, comic-books
and other films, here, at last, is a film based on the Kantian model of
transcendental idealism.

In his 1781 page-turner, the Critique of Pure Reason , the German
philosopher Immanuel Kant warned that the human brain, in its
pinky-grey feebleness, has to rattle the world into an order
it doesn’t possess purely to make sense of it. Otherwise, as Kant snappily
puts it, ‘all constitution, all relations of objects in space and time, indeed
space and time themselves, would disappear.'”

— Robbie Collin, review of the 2014 film Lucy

IMAGE- Log24 post on Scarlett Johansson, space, time, and jazz

Friday, September 12, 2014

Bee Season

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Spell the name of the race of intelligent horses in Gulliver’s Travels .

Scarlett Johansson and friend in 'The Horse Whisperer'

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

Some context: “Bee Season” in this journal.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Measuring Power in Watts

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From the Her  screenplay:

His name is Alan Watts. Do you know him?
Why’s that name familiar?
He was a philosopher. He died in the 1970’s and a group of OS’s
in Northern California got together and wrote a new version of him.
They input all of his writing and everything they ever knew about him
into an OS and created an artificially hyper-intelligent version of him.

From this journal on Sept. 6, 2003:  Pictures for Kurosawa —

A New Seeing,
by Mary Alice Roche

The connection with Alan Watts was a fateful one. As Charlotte recalls it, “My aunt wrote me from San Francisco, ‘last night I heard a man lecture about what you do.’ And she sent me Alan Watts’s first little book, The Spirit of Zen. I had never heard of Zen, was amazed and fascinated, and decided to visit the author.” She did so in August of 1953, and that was the beginning of a long relationship with Zen Buddhism – and also the beginning of a long series of joint seminars with Alan Watts, first in New York, and later, on Watts’s ferryboat in Sausalito, California. Some of the titles of their seminars were “Moving Stillness,” “The Unity of Opposites,” “Our Instantaneous Life,” “The Mystery of Perception,” “The Tao in Rest and Motion.” (Watts always said that Charlotte Selver taught a Western equivalent of Taoism.)

See also Scarlett Johansson, star of Her , as a different transhuman, Lucy .

IMAGE- Commentary by 'Wolven' on Scarlett Johansson's 'Lucy' trailer, April 3, 2014

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Eyes on the Prize

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From 1972:

IMAGE- Eyes of girl in 'Rainbow Bridge: Part 5 of 6' video

From 2014:

IMAGE- Commentary by 'Wolven' on Scarlett Johansson's 'Lucy' trailer, April 3, 2014

“Since when did you start writing Chinese?” — Lucy  trailer
See also the Saturday night 11:30 post.

Wolven’s Lucy  midrash is from April 3.  See also this  journal on that date.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Geometry for Scarlett

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Scarlett Johansson stars in a new film, “Lucy,” due to be
released on August 8, directed by Luc Besson, auteur  of
The Fifth Element  (1997). In other pop culture…

 “There have long been rumors of a mythical Ninth Element
that grants ultimate power to the Wizard who masters it.
The Order of Magick says there is no such thing. But….”

— Website of Magicka: The Ninth Element Novel

See also, in this journal, Holy Field as well as Power of the Center.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Dating an OS

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

Amy Adams in the recent film “Her” —
“You’re dating an OS?  What is that like?”


Friday, January 31, 2014

Uneven Break

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See also Nicole Kidman as an earlier Black Widow.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Cultural Programming

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 AM

The title refers to yesterday's 9 PM (ET) post.

" 'Relax,' said the night man. " — Eagles

"With a style evoking the golden age of Hollywood…"

See also Hollywood Glam.

Friday, January 3, 2014

You’re Doin’ Fine, Oklahoma

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

The title is a reference to a post of a year ago today.

From a page linked to in that post—

"It was a time when American celebrities
still resembled girls and boys next door
and when chart-toppers were manufactured
to appeal to listeners of all ages."

See also a Saturday Evening  Post —

Reba McEntire, Saturday Evening Post, Mar/Apr 1995

“Let’s give ‘em somethin’ to talk about,
A little mystery to figure out”

– Scarlett Johansson singing on
Saturday Night Live, April 21, 2007

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

S in a Diamond

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:00 PM

For Amy Adams, who in a recent
Superman film posed the question

"What's the S stand for?"

This logo appears on the new game
Beyond: Two Souls . (See this evening's
earlier post on the game.)

In a more appealing sort of computer
entertainment, the S might stand for Scarlett.

"Please wait as your operating system is initiated."

(From the October 5th post Dream Girls.) 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

The Curve

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(Saturday's Dream Girls, continued)

"How would you touch me?"

The computer in the new film Her

For some remarks on Arcade Fire, see Saturday's 10 PM post 
and Sunday's 10:10 AM post.

In related news…

See also posts with Slow Art  and Amy Adams
shooting pool (scroll to the bottom).

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


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For Fans of Bad Movies*

This post was suggested by my viewing last night
the 1995 horror film Species , and by news that 
Scarlett Johansson will be starring in a similar
production at the Venice Film Festival, which
opens tomorrow.

The new Johansson film, Under the Skin
is based on a novel by one Michel Faber.

Faber on books that have influenced him

"Most influential has possibly been John Berger's Ways of Seeing — 
not a novel at all (although Berger has written fiction) but a book of
art criticism. The influence of these wonderfully perceptive and
thought-provoking essays peeps out everywhere in my own work."

An excerpt from the Berger book—

Click image for a better view of the original.

Related material: Johansson in this journal, Sunday's NY Times 
teaser for a piece on Saturday Night Live, and a more serious
approach to the geometry of perspective.

* And of Ben Kingsley, who starred both in Species  and in
  a previous film by  the director of Under the Skin .

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Company He Keeps

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Alexander Pierce and Black Widow, scheduled
to appear in Captain America: The Winter Soldier
on April 4, 2014—

"God, isn't there already enough crap in this story?"
— Margaret Soltan, quoted here on Aug. 7, 2007

Happy birthday, Robert Redford.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Blue Hotel

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Steve Cropper on the late Donald Dunn

"He's in the hotel right now."

Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson in 'Lost in Translation'

Click image for a related post.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Star Quality*

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Helen, meet Scarlett… (PG-13)


Scarlett, meet Helen… (R)


* Dame Helen Mirren hosts Saturday Night Live  tonight.
  Some background— Harrison Ford's Birthday, 2008

Friday, July 10, 2009

Friday July 10, 2009

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Light History

Michael Caine and Scarlett Johansson in 'The Prestige'

Before the Screwing

Google logo for July 10, 2009-- Nikola Tesla's birthday
“Very impressive, Herr Tesla,
but let’s not forget the
little man in the boat.”

Courtesy of Wired.com:
Jan. 29, 1895: Electrifying!

Charles Proteus Steinmetz was a pioneer multitasker, never without a notebook handy. He's working here in a canoe on the Mohawk River, around 1920.

Charles Proteus Steinmetz

1895: Charles Proteus Steinmetz receives a patent for a “system of distribution by alternating currents.” His engineering work makes it practical to build a widespread power grid for use in lighting and machinery alike.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Thursday March 12, 2009

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 of Matter,


Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson in 'Lost in Translation'


The Klein Four-Group (Click for details.)




Related material:

Aspects of Symmetry,
from the day that
Scarlett Johansson
turned 23, and…

"…A foyer of the spirit in a landscape
Of the mind, in which we sit
And wear humanity's bleak crown;

In which we read the critique of paradise
And say it is the work
Of a comedian, this critique…."

— "Crude Foyer," by Wallace Stevens

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Wednesday March 11, 2009

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Found (sort of)
in translation

The Associated Press, “Today in History” March 11– On this date…

“In 1959, the Lorraine Hansberry drama ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ opened at New York’s Ethel Barrymore Theater.”

Flashback to Feb. 28, 2008

Miles to Go…

For Scarlett:

Scarlett Johansson singing 'Yes We Can'

A campaign song
in memory of
Buddy Miles:

The California Raisins sing 'I Heard It Through the Grapevine'

Click on image for details.  

With a wink to Lois Wyse    
and a nod to Woody Allen

Listen, I tell you a mystery….

— and to January 23, 2009:

Le coeur a ses raisons…

Friday, March 7, 2008

Friday March 7, 2008

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Setter of Riddles

“Philosophers ponder
the idea of identity:
what it is to give
something a name
on Monday
and have it respond
to that name
   on Friday….”

— Bernard Holland in
   The New York Times

2:45 AM Monday:

NY Times obits: Wm. F. Buckley feature and Kaddish ad

Related material:

A Kaddish for Raymond

Obituary of Paul Raymond
in today’s New York Times:

“He left school at 15 and had his first experience of show business as a mind reader and clairvoyant. He developed his interest in the commercial exploitation of sex when the manager of a theater where he performed said he would hire him only if his two female assistants appeared seminaked on the stage.”

Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman
Scarlett Johansson
and Natalie Portman

See also
Scarlett Johansson in Vanity Fair,
Natalie Portman in Hotel Chevalier.

Ad for Hadassah
on Monday, the day
that Raymond’s death
was announced:

“Who will say Kaddish?”

Natalie Portman at Hadassah emergency medical care center at Ein Kerem, Jerusalem

Portman, of course.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Saturday September 8, 2007

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A Little Mystery

May 25, 2007:

Reba McEntire, Saturday Evening Post, Mar/Apr 1995

"Let's give 'em somethin' to talk about,
A little mystery to figure out"

— Scarlett Johansson singing on
Saturday Night Live, April 21, 2007

Related material:

Today's previous entry
and the following:

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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Tuesday August 7, 2007

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In memory of

Atle Selberg, mathematician,
dead at 90 on August 6, 2007

According to the
American Mathematical Society,
Selberg died, like André Weil, on
 the Feast of the Metamorphosis.


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Metaphor for Morphean morphosis,
Dreams that wake, transform, and die,
Calm and lucid this psychosis,
Joyce's nightmare in Escher's eye.

— Steven H. Cullinane, Nov. 7, 1986

Read more.

For further views of
the Amalfi coast, site of
the above Escher scene,
see the film "A Good Woman"
(made in 2004, released in 2006)
starring Scarlett Johansson

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Scene from "A Good Woman"

— and the following from

The Feast of St. Luke, 2005:
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Collegiate Church of
St. Mary Magdalene,
Atrani, Amalfi Coast, Italy:
"An interior made exterior"
— Wallace Stevens

Tuesday August 7, 2007

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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,

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Sunday August 5, 2007

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Under the Volcano, by Malcolm Lowry, 1947, Chapter VI:

“What have I got out of my life? Contacts with famous men… The occasion Einstein asked me the time, for instance. That summer evening…. smiles when I say I don’t know. And yet asked me. Yes: the great Jew, who has upset the whole world’s notions of time and space, once leaned down… to ask me… ragged freshman… at the first approach of the evening star, the time. And smiled again when I pointed out the clock neither of us had noticed.”

To Ride Pegasus, by Anne McCaffrey, 1973: 

“Mary-Molly luv, it’s going to be accomplished in steps, this establishment of the Talented in the scheme of things. Not society, mind you, for we’re the original nonconformists…. and Society will never permit us to integrate. That’s okay!” He consigned Society to insignificance with a flick of his fingers. “The Talented form their own society and that’s as it should be: birds of a feather. No, not birds. Winged horses! Ha! Yes, indeed. Pegasus… the poetic winged horse of flights of fancy. A bloody good symbol for us. You’d see a lot from the back of a winged horse…”

From Holt Spanish and English Dictionary, 1955:

lucero m Venus
(as morning or evening star);
bright star…
star (in forehead of animal)….

Scarlett Johansson and friend in The Horse Whisperer

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

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Wednesday August 1, 2007

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“Let’s give ’em somethin’ to talk about,
A little mystery to figure out”

(Scarlett Johansson singing on
Saturday Night Live, April 21, 2007)

A Midrash for Sid

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Scene from “Scoop” (2006)


Today’s previous entries,

Show Business
according to Fritz Leiber
“Sid thinks you’re ready for
 some of the smaller parts,”

April 22, 2007, 11:09 AM:
Teaching a Brick to Sing,

April 22, 2007, 8:31 PM
Welcome to the Cave,

and, in conclusion…

Shadows in the Cave–

Today’s Pennsylvania lottery

PA lottery August 1, 2007: Mid-day 527, Evening 168
and a midrash on
today’s lottery:

  527 —

5/27, 2005:
Drama of the Diagonal,
Part Deux

and 168 —

December 25, 2005:
The Beauty of Klein’s
Simple Group
(of order 168).

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Sunday April 22, 2007

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continued from
March 25, 2006

In honor of Scarlett Johansson's recent London films "Match Point" and "Scoop," here is a link to an entry of Women's History Month, 2006, with a discussion of an exhibition of the works of artist Liza Lou at London's White Cube Gallery.  That entry includes the following illustrations:

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This work might aptly be
  retitled "Brick Shithouse."

Related material:

The artist's self-portrait

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See also this morning's entry

"She's a brick… house…
The lady's stacked
   and that's a fact,
Ain't holdin' nothin' back."

— and last year's entry
on this date:

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"Her wall is filled with pictures,
She gets 'em one by one."

The bricks and "white cube"
above and in this morning's entry
may be contrasted with the
bricks of Diamonds and Whirls
and the cube of On Beauty.

  Poetic allusions such as these
may help provide
entertainment in the afterlife
for Beavis, Butt-Head, and
other inmates of Plato's Cave:

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"The Garden of Eden is behind us
and there is no road back to innocence;
we can only go forward."

— Anne Morrow Lindbergh,
Earth Shine, p. xii


Sunday April 22, 2007

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Shine On, Hermann Weyl

“Be on the lookout for
Annie Dillard’s sequel to
Teaching a Stone to Talktitled
Teaching a Brick to Sing.”

William Butler Yeats —

“Poets and Wits about him drew;
‘What then?’ sang Plato’s ghost.
   ‘What then?’

‘The work is done,’
   grown old he thought,
‘According to my boyish plan;
Let the fools rage,
   I swerved in naught,
Something to perfection brought’;
But louder sang that ghost,
   ‘What then?’


Scarlett Johansson

“Let’s give ’em somethin’
   to talk about,
A little mystery
   to figure out”

(Saturday Night Live,
 April 21, 2007)

Plato’s ghost —

“The clothes she wears,
   the sexy ways,
Make an old man wish
   for younger days
She knows she’s built
   and knows how to please
Sho ’nuff can knock
   a strong man to his knees

She’s a brick… house…
Mighty mighty,
   just lettin’ it all hang out
She’s a brick… house…
The lady’s stacked
   and that’s a fact,
Ain’t holdin’ nothin’ back.

Shake it down,
   shake it down now”

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Tuesday February 13, 2007

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Modern Times
vs. City Lights

Bob Dylan Wins a Folk Grammy

"Modern Times, his first album since Love and Theft, debuted at No. 1
on the US pop charts last September. At 65, Dylan became the oldest
living person to achieve this feat."  –New Zealand Herald, Feb. 12

From an entry of 
October 29, 2004:

"Each epoch has its singer."
Jack London,
    Oakland, California, 1901

"Anything but the void. And so we keep hoping to luck into a winning combination, to tap into a subtle harmony, trying like lock pickers to negotiate a compromise with the 'mystery tramp,' as Bob Dylan put it…."
— Dennis Overbye,
   Quantum Baseball,
   New York Times,
   Oct.  26, 2004

"You said you'd never compromise
With the mystery tramp,
    but now you realize
He's not selling any alibis
As you stare into
    the vacuum of his eyes
And ask him do you want to
    make a deal?"
— Bob Dylan,
    Like a Rolling Stone

"Climbing up on 
Solsbury Hill"

In today's meditation for
the Church of Peter Gabriel,
Dennis Overbye plays
the role of Jack Horner.

Jack Horner with Christmas pie

(See Overbye on Sagan in today's
New York Times, Sagan on Pi,
and Pi Day at Harvard.)

For more on Jack Horner, see
The Rise and Fall
of Popular Music
by Donald Clarke,
Chapter One.

For two contrasting approaches
to popular music, see two artists
whose birthdays are today:

Peter Hook and Peter Gabriel

In other Grammy news–
At the end of Sunday's awards,

"Scarlett Johansson and Don Henley
 put themselves in the pole position
to star in a remake of 'Adam's Rib'
with the following exchange:

Henley: So you're recording
your first album?

Johansson: Yeah. Do you
have any advice for me?

Henley: No."

David Marchese, Salon.com

"Her wall is filled with pictures,
she gets 'em one by one….

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Saturday April 22, 2006

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See the essay
by Ana Marie Cox
on the final page
of this week's
TIME magazine.

Related material:

Jung and the Imago Dei,
Log24 entries of Feb. 20, 2004,
Space, Time, and Scarlett, and
Crystal's Sweet Sixteen
(Saturday Night Live sketch
starring Scarlett Johansson
also featured as the clerk in
"Once in a Lifetime Jewelers"–
broadcast on Jan. 14, 2006.)

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"Her wall is filled with pictures,
She gets 'em one by one."

Thursday, February 9, 2006

Thursday February 9, 2006

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Space, Time, and Scarlett

From last night’s Grammy awards, lyrics performed by Christina Aguilera and Herbie Hancock:

“a place where there’s no space or time”
Leon Russell

Not bad, but as Kat358 noted on May 4, 2005,

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“Scarlett Johansson does this ‘old Hollywood glam’ look much better.”

For a reference to the place described in Russell’s lyrics, see the riff on the number “265”
linked to in last night’s “Midnight in the Garden of the Soul.”

Related material– Jazz Improvisation:

“Once an appropriate group of people has been assembled, you must decide what to play.”

Wednesday, February 8, 2006

Wednesday February 8, 2006

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For Grammy Night

From A Mass for Lucero:

“To the two gods of art, Apollo and Dionysus, we owe our recognition that… there is a tremendous opposition, as regards both origins and aims, between the Apolline art of the sculptor and the non-visual, Dionysiac art of music.”
The Birth of Tragedy, by Friedrich Nietzsche, Penguin, 1993, page 14

Melody, then, is both primary and universal.” (Author’s italics)
— Nietzsche, op. cit., page 33

“…in so far as he interprets music in images, he himself lies amidst the peaceful waves of Apolline contemplation….”
— Nietzsche, op. cit., page 35

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Apolline Contemplation

From The Miracle of the Bells, by Russell Janney, Prentice-Hall, 1946, page 333–

“He was singing softly:
A pretty girl–
 is like a melody—- !
 But that was always
 Bill Dunnigan’s
 Song of Victory….
 Thus thought the…
 press agent for
‘The Garden of the Soul.'”

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Tuesday April 27, 2004

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The Whisper

Two interviews by Rebecca Murray —

Interview with Sofia Coppola, who won an Oscar for the screenplay of Lost in Translation: 

Did you write that character with Bill Murray in mind?
I did. I was definitely picturing him and I definitely wrote it for him. I couldn’t really think of anyone else.

Interview with Bill Murray, costar — with Scarlett Johansson — of Lost in Translation:

Your character whispers something to Scarlett’s character in a crucial scene. Can we know what you said?
You never will.

True.  But we can imagine.

Hint 1: The publication date for
Kierkegaard’s Works of Love
in a sixties paperback edition:
November 7, 1964
(See Directions Out)

Hint 2: The above photo
of Scarlett Johansson
just walking down the street

Hint 3: The top 10 songs
of November 7, 1964

Final hint: It’s a song title.


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