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"Somber" "Darkness"?????Are you that disconnected from nature?
Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off -- then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.--Herman Melville, Moby Dick (from the opening paragraph)
Hypos, eh? That's an eerie passage for a law professor to read.
" methodically knocking people's hats off ..."I'm just irked about the shorts. You can leave your hat on.
As leave the leavesThe trees the trees the treesCome in their own.Above our heads definedIn stark outlines:A grid of wintry bones.
As leave the leavesThe trees the trees the treesCome in their own.Above our heads definedIn stark outlineA grid of wintry bones.Better.
It is unnatural for leaves still to be green as Thanksgiving is near. Go knock the trees off that (Linden?) tree in the last photo.
Looks like scenes from the creepy Kubrickesque Nicole Kidman movie Birth
I thought I saw Maxine pushing Rosemary's baby in a stroller in one of the photos?
Mid-October is one of my favorite times of year....oh, wait.
Wow, I thought the same thing George did about the pics...again, very beautiful stuff.
Zeb and Ann are riffing about Moby D's famous opening. Melville invites a comparison with the Biblical original of Ishmael's story, and so we may as well follow along with the riff and take a look at that too.Ishmael's name is derived from a Hebrew root meaning "he hears." The ending "-el" refers generally to the divine; it was derived from the Canaanite name for various gods, and was used to avoid the sacred name. Perhaps the Biblical author wanted to suggest some connection to a Canaanite god. I suppose Melville was more interested in Ishmael's status as an exile, rejected by his father (at the command of the father's wife) but still beloved by Abraham and protected by God's promises to him. Melville's Ishmael is an exile, too, and is also the beneficiary of divine protection (whether of the Biblical God or the pagan god of the intended occupant of the coffin that ultimately saves Ishmael is less clear). Ishmael is contrasted with his half-brother and Abraham's legitimate son, Isaac, whose name means "he laughs." Both Abraham and Sarah laughed when told that she would bear a son (at age 90; Abraham was about 100). The name reminds them of their lack of trust, a standing rebuke in its way. Both names relate to the sense of hearing rather than sight. But I guess they'll do as a stand-in for visual gloominess. As it happens, the story of Ishmael (both the Biblical original and Melville's retelling) is pretty gloomy -- much more than these otherwise very pretty pix of NY's parks on an overcast day.
Reminds me of Blow-Up...
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