Monday, October 5, 2015


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Click for related material.

Thursday, June 11, 2020


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From a search in this journal for Angel Eyes

From a 2020 film directed by Tony Leech

Monday, February 5, 2018

Stranger Things than Pulp Fiction

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 12:30 PM

Diamond Theory cover, said to resemble Proginoskes in 'A Wind in the Door'

Click on the image for a
relevant Wallace Stevens poem.

A new Facebook page will describe
some background for the above image.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Princeton Requiem

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Angel Eyes

From The Daily Princetonian ,
a story dated Monday, Jan. 12, 2015:

U. community gathers to
remember Dantzlerward '16


Students, faculty, staff and community members circled around a table supporting a single lit candle in the lobby of Murray-Dodge Hall on Monday night as they remembered the life of Audrey Dantzlerward ’16, who was found dead in her room in Edwards Hall today. The gathering, led by Dean of Religious Life and the Chapel Alison Boden, was moved to the lobby after a room reserved for the meeting overflowed.

Participants spoke commonly of Dantzlerward’s contributions to campus life, sharp intellect, supportive gestures and friendly demeanor, and the Wildcats, an a cappella group of which Dantzlerward was a member, sang the song “Angel Eyes,” which is traditionally the first and last song Wildcats members sing upon joining the group and graduating. ….

See a YouTube video, uploaded on May 26, 2014,
of the Princeton Wildcats singing "Angel Eyes."

See also "Angel Eyes" and "Proginoskes" in this journal.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Script Magic…

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:33 AM

In a Jewish Cathedral

From The New York Times Magazine  of Sunday, April 6, 1986—

"David Rayfiel's Script Magic" by Alex Ward

WHEN THE CALL came last year to revise ''The Morning After,'' Rayfiel was working on a screenplay about the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire for Barbra Streisand and Jane Fonda. He has now resumed work— as the principal writer, not the reviser— on that script. But chances are good that he will have further interruptions. Pollack will probably call and say, as he usually does, ''David, I need access to your brain.'' And Rayfiel will probably say, as he usually does, ''That's O.K., I'm not using it.'' He will revise another script, and be reluctant about taking credit for it.

''I guess it's like the medieval stonecutters who worked on the cathedrals,'' he says. ''There's all that elaborate work. The saints were carved by one guy, the cherubs by someone else. They didn't care about getting credit, they knew what they'd done. I'm like that. I'm the guy who does the cherubs.''

Related material:

Proginoskes in this journal and Abracadabra from the midnight of June 18-19.

See also Rayfiel's obituary in today"s Times .

For some quite different work, also  from April 1986, see—

Oslo: Points and Hyperplanes.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Table Talk

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 7:59 PM

The following was suggested by a link within this evening's earlier Kane site link.

Peter J. Cameron's weblog on August 26, 2010

A Latin square  of order n  is a n × n  array with entries from the symbol set {1, 2, …, n }, such that each symbol occurs once in each row and once in each column. Now it is not hard to show that, up to permutations of the rows, columns and symbols, there are only two Latin squares of order 4:

1 2 3 4
2 1 4 3
3 4 1 2
4 3 2 1
1 2 3 4
2 3 4 1
3 4 1 2
4 1 2 3

 Some related literary remarks—

Proginoskes and Latin Squares.

See also "It was a perfectly ordinary night at Christ's high table…."

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Zen and the Art of Philosophy

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

Wallace Stevens Concordance

An Ordinary Evening in New Haven
line 540 (xxx.18): In which hundreds of eyes, in one mind, see at once.

The cover art of a 1976 monograph, "Diamond Theory," was described in this morning's post.

As Madeleine L'Engle noted in 1976, the cover art resembles the character Proginoskes in her novel A Wind in the Door.

A search today for Proginoskes yields a description by Brendan Kidwell


A link at Kidwell's site leads to a weblog by Jeff Atwood, a founder of Stack Overflow, a programmers' question-and-answer site.
(Stack Overflow is said to have inspired the similar site for mathematicians, Math Overflow.)

Yesterday Atwood discussed technical writing.

This suggests a look at Robert M. Pirsig on that subject in his 1974 philosophical novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

(See also a document on Pirsig's technical-writing background.)

Pirsig describes his novel as "a sort of Chautauqua."

This, together with the Stevens and Proginoskes quotes above, leads back to the Log24 Feb. 1 post The Search.

An image from that post (click to enlarge)—


Here the apparently fragmented nature of the set of
images imagined as rising above the podium of the
Hall of Philosophy at Chautauqua rather naturally
echoes Stevens's "hundreds of eyes" remark.

Cover Art

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 3:17 AM

Click to enlarge


This updates a webpage on the 4×4 Latin squares.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: , — m759 @ 10:31 AM

Triptych: 'Look at the Birdie,' 'A Wind in the Door,' and 'Diamond Theory'

Related material:

"Harrowing cuteness,"* The Eden Express, and a search on "harrowing" in this journal

* Perhaps a typo, but still a memorable phrase.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sunday December 14, 2008

Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 4:00 PM

The New York Times of Sunday, May 6, 2007, on a writer of pulp fiction:

His early novels, written in two weeks or less, were published in double-decker Ace paperbacks that included two books in one, with a lurid cover for each. “If the Holy Bible was printed as an Ace Double,” an editor once remarked, “it would be cut down to two 20,000-word halves with the Old Testament retitled as ‘Master of Chaos’ and the New Testament as ‘The Thing With Three Souls.'”

Epigraph for Part One:

Ours is a very gutsy religion, Cullinane.

James A. Michener

Lurid cover:
The Pussycat

The Pussycat of the film 'The Owl and the Pussycat,' starring Barbra Streisand

Epigraph for Part Two:

Beware lest you believe that you can comprehend the Incomprehensible….

Saint Bonaventure

Lurid cover:
The Owl

Diamond Theory cover, said to resemble Proginoskes in 'A Wind in the Door'

Click on the image for a
relevant Wallace Stevens poem.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Friday May 26, 2006

Filed under: General — m759 @ 12:00 PM
For Stevie Nicks,
whose birthday is today

“The quidditas or essence
 of an angel is
the same as its form.”

— William T. Noon, Society of Jesus,
Joyce and Aquinas, Yale, 1957

Related material
from Oct. 27, 2003:

See the picture

in the web page
Poetry’s Bones.

“It does, indeed, look more
like Proginoskes than any of
the pictures on the book jackets.”

— Madeleine L’Engle, letter of
November 28, 1976

Thursday, October 10, 2002

Thursday October 10, 2002

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:44 AM

In Lieu of Rosebud…

On this date in 1985, Orson Welles died

…sitting at his typewriter, working on the next day's script changes for his movie,"The Other Side of the Wind."

— Louis Bülow, The Third Man and Orson Welles

From a review of "Leaving Las Vegas" — a film starring Nicolas Cage that includes a tribute to Welles:

At least Cage dies without saying "Rosebud."

To me, the musical equivalent of "Rosebud" in this film is a song that Sting sings on the soundtrack, "Angel Eyes," which of course was rendered to perfection in Vegas by Sinatra long before Cage and Sting.

One visual equivalent, in turn, of "Angel Eyes," is to me a sketch for a painting I did in 1976.  This has been likened to the many eyes of an angelic creature named Proginoskes in a novel for children and adolescents by Madeleine L'Engle.

Perhaps the dark cynicism of Leaving Las Vegas (the book) might be somewhat counterbalanced by the looney religiosity of A Wind in the Door, L'Engle's novel.

At any rate, here are links to the "Angel Eyes"

music and picture.

© 1976 Steven H. Cullinane

Also, "Angel Eyes" is now the background music for this site; one night of the Bach midi was enough.

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