Monday, May 9, 2011

Queen’s Gambit*

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From March 9 four years ago—

Chessboard (Detail)

* See this journal and the novel.

Update of 10 AM May 9—

Midrash for Gnostics —

A post linked to under "this journal" (above) has a brief discussion of theology and Wallace Stevens—

"Professor Eucalyptus in 'Ordinary Evening' XIV, for example, 'seeks/ God in the object itself '…."

I have more confidence that God is to be found in the Ping Pong balls of the New York Lottery.

This suggests a check of yesterday's NY numbers. They were… Midday 780, Evening 302.

A search for 780 in this journal yields a post quoting The Scotsman 's reporter Rhiannon Edward.

Related material:

Rhiannon's Scotsman  story of May 6—

Rapist gets 20 years after justice system finally believes his victims

Published Date: 06 May 2011
By Rhiannon Edward
A SCOTTISH care home worker who groomed and raped teenage girls for more than a decade has been jailed for 20 years.
James Boyes abused a string of underage girls at Frant Court care home in Frant, East Sussex, during the 1980s and 1990s, leaving one so traumatised she is still being treated in a secure mental hospital….

See also this  journal on May 7 —

Stranger Than Fiction


For yesterday's NY evening 302, see the "780" post involving Rhiannon—

Glenn Ford as a playboy from Argentina —

The 4 Horsemen, Ingrid Thulin, Glenn Ford

— and "302" interpreted as "3/02," which yields…

"Yo sé de un laberinto griego que es una línea única, recta."
 —Borges, "La Muerte y la Brújula"

"I know of one Greek labyrinth which is a single straight line."
—Borges, "Death and the Compass"

For some background music, click here.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Mathematics and Narrative: Queensland

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Mathematics —


Narrative —


See also other recent posts tagged Queensland.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Castle Rock

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See the title in a TV review* from io9 this morning and in
this  journal.


* Spoiler alert


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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Purported Endgame

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A search for "IMA" yields, at ima.org.au . . .

"Since 1975, the Institute of Modern Art (IMA) has been Queensland’s 
leading independent forum for art and its discourses." And



"Clog, therefore, purple Jack and crimson Jill."

— Wallace Stevens

Available Light

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Click the image above for an interview dated Nov. 9, 2015.
Also on that date —


Thursday, June 28, 2007

Thursday June 28, 2007

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 PM
Real Numbers:
An Object Lesson

(continued from

A Cornell professor discusses a poem by Wallace Stevens:

"Professor Eucalyptus in 'Ordinary Evening' XIV, for example, 'seeks/ God in the object itself,' but this quest culminates in his own choosing of 'the commodious adjective/ For what he sees… the description that makes it divinity, still speech… not grim/ Reality but reality grimly seen/ And spoken in paradisal parlance new'…."

— Douglas Mao, Solid Objects:
Modernism and the Test
of Production,
Princeton University Press,
1998, p. 242
"God in the object" seems
unlikely to be found in the
artifact pictured on the
cover of Mao's book:
Solid Objects by Douglas Mao
I have more confidence
that God is to be found
in the Ping Pong balls
of the New York Lottery.
NY Lottery June 28, 2007: Mid-day 309, Evening 514

These objects may be
regarded as supplying
a parlance that is, if not
paradisal, at least
intelligible– if only in
the context of my own
personal experience:

Journal entry dated 5/14:

The Pope asks 'What is real?'
Journal entries dated 3/09:

Queen's Gambit
Symbols, and
Is Nothing Sacred?

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Saturday March 24, 2007

Filed under: General — m759 @ 3:09 PM

Chess game in The Thomas Crown Affair

For Steve McQueen’s
birthday, three chess links:

A Game of Chess,

Queen’s Gambit,


Friday, March 9, 2007

Friday March 9, 2007

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 AM

Queen's Gambit

Chessboard (Detail)

That the topless towers be burnt
And men recall that face,
Move most gently if move you must
In this lonely place.
She thinks, part woman, three parts a child,
That nobody looks; her feet
Practise a tinker shuffle
Picked up on a street.
Like a long-legged fly upon the stream
Her mind moves upon silence.

W. B. Yeats, "Long-Legged Fly"

This is the epigraph to
the Walter Tevis novel
The Queen's Gambit.

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