Saturday, June 09, 2007
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Thursday, June 07, 2007
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
from Lorine Niedecker | Lake Superior Notes
"At home we're in the drowned lands ? trees standing permanently in the water.
"We slept on a kind of bog which the men call Tetes des femmes.
treaty of limits between the tribes
Pike (of Pike's Peak) when he went up the Miss. R. ? north of the St. Croix R. he said the river (Miss. I take it) became "black in the depths and clear in sandy shallows."
calcite ? a native calcium carbonate also called calc spar, occurring in many crystalline forms, such as chalk, marble, etc . . .
The face of the earth is a graveyard and so it has always been.
My inner midwest
I was in a St. Ignace fog
Why this fascination with rock terms, name, probably because we like to think the first geologists took their finds and created them ? name to thing ? out of the nature of things ? plus sometimes their sound or reflection of colour that delighted their senses..."
Posted by Peter at 4:27 PM
from the LRB archive lovely 1979 William Empson on Fairy Flight in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’
"The distance to the Moon is about 60 times the radius of the Earth, as was already known in Classical times, and the Moon goes round the Earth in about 30 days, so the speed of the middle of the Moon’s sphere, the part which carries the Moon, is about twice the speed of the equator, which revolves in a day. So the working fairy does at least half a mile a second, probably two-thirds, and the cruising royalties can in effect go as fast as her, if they need to. Puck claims to go at five miles a second, perhaps seven times what the working fairy does. This seems a working social arrangement. But if all the stars go round the Earth every day, with the Moon and planets lagging only slightly behind, the speed of the Moon’s sphere is about 60 times the speed of Oberon when he remains in the dawn, and the working fairy is going very much faster than the boast of Puck. I agree that the phrases are meant to sound rather mysterious – probably Shakespeare asked the advice of Hariot, who was certainly a friend of Marlowe – but they would not be meant to be sheer nonsense, as has for so long been assumed..."
Posted by Peter at 7:19 AM
Monday, June 04, 2007
Sunday, June 03, 2007
new Tyee music-writer-to-watch on 1993: The Year Rap Died
""I Ain't Goin' Out Like That," "Hits From the Bong," and "Hands on the Glock" gave young people, as in Hendrix and The Doors before them, the anthems they needed to gather in fields and get really, really stoned, all while sounding scary and insane. Which makes "Insane in the Brain" not only their best song, but also an accurate depiction of their oeuvre..."
Posted by Peter at 11:13 AM