Saturday, August 11, 2018

Saturday commute clv: A sociable buoyancy

A spar running out
from ship's stem
to which forestays
are fastened.

   I note how Apple's domestic lexicon
   tracks with the Oxford English Dic-
   tionary's definition of a bowsprit,
   with no litigation over plagiarism.

   Thinking different, yielding to the
   temptations of conformity, or going
   soft in concessions to convenience?

J.B. Sykes
The Concise Oxford
  Dictionary of Current
Oxford University Press, 1964©


Friday, August 10, 2018

Suppose it were Friday clviii: Commanded to wear a sun hat

     I was the age shown in the
     picture shown, but somehow
     was denied the obligation.

     Such is the peculiarity of
     certain liberties, to har-
     bor sleeper cells of their
     correction; but the timing
     of adjustment is too often
     in the hands of the illib-
     eral disciplinarian, plot-
     ting out of sight. Permis-
     sive nannies are to cancer
     as oblivious Congresses to
     corrupted, volatile Presi-
     dents. Complicit in a way.

Edouard Boubat

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Origins of Wednesday lxxvi: Jamie wears a cinder in his eye

Jamie, the name the editors accept
for a menswear model on-line these
days, is wearing a sweatshirt by a
designer whose name escapes us and
a T-shirt by the redoubtable Gior-
gio Armani. Doubtful as it may ap-
pear, in the bucolic setting where
he finds himself, he seems to have
drawn a cinder to his eye: a local
blaze, presumably its contributor,
or possibly dozens of them, aloft.

Contrary to Republican dogma, such
carbons aren't actually all rinsed
offstage by the janitorship of our 
Lord, but hover, atmospheric mael-
stroms, settling at random here or
there, dispersing their benevolent
kernels where they may. The coming
weekend is the anniversary of that
carbonizing celebration, for which 
inely appointed as witness, of the
indomitable valor of white racism.
This year the same troupe will re-
convene, more auspiciously than we
can calculate, at the White House.
Tourists are urged to bring visas,
and a damp gym towel, if possible.

Cy Twombly
The Four Seasons
Collection MoMA