Saturday, April 25, 2015

Faustian Merry-Go-Round

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:01 PM

Thanks to David Lavery for the following:

"Voilà! Stevens has managed to create out of nothing a palpable imaginative space, an interiority without material dimensions, replete with its own achieved and accomplished music. And in truth, in a world of Heisenbergian uncertainties and shifting star masses, it may be enough for the dizzying, ever-shifting merry-go-round of the Faustian mind simply to slow down and let itself come to rest, at least for the moment."

— Paul Mariani, "God and the Imagination," Aug. 10, 1996


Monday, December 31, 2012

6 PM ET is…

Filed under: General — m759 @ 6:00 PM

  Midnight in Paris

IMAGE- 'Vin Mariani' poster illustrating the Belle Époque

   See also Mariani  in this journal.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Mathematics and Narrative continues…

Filed under: General — m759 @ 11:07 PM

From 6/22, 2010 —


    I would argue that at least sometimes, lottery numbers may be regarded,
    according to Bernstein's definition, as story statements.

From 7/02, 2010 —


Friday, July 2, 2010

The Girl Who Fixed the Omega

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:29 PM

Thanks to Nora Ephron for "The Girl Who Fixed the Umlaut"
(New Yorker  of July 5, 2010).

How to type a capital Omega—

Number Lock on, Alt key down, then numeric keypad
(or, on laptop, fn-style numbers on letter keys) 234.
Alt key up. Result: Ω.  Number Lock off.

Related poetic flight of fancy—

The most recent occurrence of 234 in the New York Lottery was on
August 6, 2008, the Feast of the Transfiguration.

Clicking on the Transfiguration link in this journal's post
for that date leads to an article on poet Paul Mariani.

Tracing a quotation in that article leads to…


The date of Mariani's poem, 24 August 2002, leads to a post in this journal
related to Mariani's "Loyola's Company" and to "that language only
light and diamonds know."

Related material: last night's Omega at Eight.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Friday July 10, 2009

Filed under: General — m759 @ 10:15 AM
Happy birthday,
Maju Mantilla

Related material:

James Joyce on the
Ineluctable Modality
of the Visible

and Paul Mariani,
The Limits of
   the Ineluctable.”

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Wednesday August 6, 2008

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM

From the last link within the last link of yesterday’s entry:

Review the concepts of integritas, consonantia, and claritas in Aquinas….”

Review also the properties of the number six that appears in today’s date.

For such properties, see the page of Log24 entries that end on September 6, 2006, with “Hamlet’s Transformation.”

Happy Feast of the Transfiguration.

Sunday, December 4, 2005

Sunday December 4, 2005

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:06 PM
For Cinderella

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Related material:

From Log24,
back in time
a year and a day:

On December 3…

In 1947,
A Streetcar Named Desire
opened on Broadway.

In 1953,
the musical “Kismet
opened on Broadway.

In 1960,
the musical “Camelot
opened on Broadway.

See also a review of
recent poetry by Paul Mariani

Vivid images sometimes shine
(‘whatever diamonds say/
in that language
only light and
diamonds know’)”–

and Epiphany 2005.

Saturday, June 4, 2005

Saturday June 4, 2005

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

Drama of the Diagonal,

“I could name other writers
who share this sense of a world
larger than ourselves; their writing provides
a field in which something like
a sacramental imagination is clearly at play.”

Paul Mariani,
God and the Imagination


“… the horizon is not the limit of meaning,
but that which extends meaning
from what is directly given
to the whole context in which it is given,
including a sense of a world.”

David Vessey,
Gadamer and the Fusion of Horizons


From Wallace Stevens,
A Primitive Like an Orb“:
It is a giant, always, that is evolved,
To be in scale, unless virtue cuts him, snips
Both size and solitude or thinks it does,
As in a signed photograph on a mantelpiece.
But the virtuoso never leaves his shape,
Still on the horizon elongates his cuts,
And still angelic and still plenteous,
Imposes power by the power of his form.
Here, then, is an abstraction given head,
A giant on the horizon, given arms,
A massive body and long legs, stretched out,
A definition with an illustration, not
Too exactly labeled, a large among the smalls
Of it, a close, parental magnitude,
At the center of the horizon, concentrum, grave
And prodigious person, patron of origins.
That's it. The lover writes, the believer hears,
The poet mumbles and the painter sees,
Each one, his fated eccentricity,
As a part, but part, but tenacious particle,
Of the skeleton of the ether, the total
Of letters, prophecies, perceptions, clods
Of color, the giant of nothingness, each one
And the giant ever changing, living in change.


Related material
(Click on pictures
for details.)

Logos Alogos
by S. H. Cullinane

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Logos Alogos II:

See also
Subject and Predicates and
The Quality of Diamond.

Thursday, May 27, 2004

Thursday May 27, 2004

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 10:10 AM


On the poetry of Geoffrey Hill:

"… why read him? Because of the things he writes about—war and peace and sacrifice, and the search for meaning and the truths of the heart, and for that haunting sense that, in spite of war and terror and the indifferences that make up our daily hells, there really is some grander reality, some ineluctable presence we keep touching. There remains in Hill the daunting possibility that it may actually all cohere in the end, or at least enough of it to keep us searching for more.

There is a hard edge to Hill, a strong Calvinist streak in him, and an intelligence that reminds one of Milton….."

— Paul Mariani, review in America of Geoffrey Hill's The Orchards of Syon

"Hello! Kinch here. Put me on to Edenville. Aleph, alpha: nought, nought, one." 

"A very short space of time through very short times of space…. Am I walking into eternity along Sandymount strand?"

James Joyce, Ulysses, Proteus chapter

"Time has been unfolded into space."

James O. Coplien, Bell Labs

"Pattern and symmetry are closely related."

James O. Coplien on Symmetry Breaking

"… as the critic S. L. Goldberg puts it, 'the chapter explores the Protean transformations of matter in time . . . apprehensible only in the condition of flux . . . as object . . . and Stephen himself, as subject. In the one aspect Stephen is seeking the principles of change and the underlying substance of sensory experience; in the other, he is seeking his self among its temporal manifestations'….

— Goldberg, S.L. 'Homer and the Nightmare of History.' Modern Critical Views: James Joyce. Ed. Harold Bloom. New York: Chelsea House, 1986. 21-38."

from the Choate site of David M. Loeb

In summary:


James Joyce


See also Time Fold.

(By the way, Jorn Barger seems
to have emerged from seclusion.)


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