Friday, December 29, 2006

Manhattan #9, Alcohol #7

The Delawares call this place (New-York Island) Mannahattanink or Mannahachtanink to this day. They have frequently told me that it derived its name from this general intoxication, and that the word comprehended the same as to say, the island or place of general intoxication.

“The Indian Tradition of the First Arrival of the Dutch, at Manhattan Island, Now New-York”
[D]erived from the manuscripts deposited among the collections of the Society by the Rev. Samuel Miller, D.D., to whom its was communicated by the Rev. John Heckewelder, for many years a Moravian missionary to the Indians of Pennsylvania.

Collections of the New-York Historical Society. Second Series. Volume 1. (1841)

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Monday, December 25, 2006

Auden #10, Anniverseries #3, Christianity #5

Because of his visitation, we may no longer desire God as if He were lacking: our redemption is no longer a question of pursuit but of surrender to Him who is always and everywhere present.

For the Time Being: A Christmas Oratorio

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Architecture #7, Triumph of the Machine #3

Model Tobacco Factory, Richmond, Virginia, Schmidt, Garden & Erikson architects, (1938-39)

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Word of the Day #17


Friday, December 22, 2006

Word of the Day #16


Thursday, December 21, 2006

Organizations #4

Honourable Company of Adventurers of England Trading Into Hudson's Bay

(Founded 1670)

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Panorama #2

"Phoenix, Arizona" [sic] (April 1, 1908)

Aviation #3


Tuesday, December 19, 2006

America #10

Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona (1899)

Monday, December 18, 2006

Foreign Lands #15, Panorama #1

Moscow State University, Moscow, USSR (1955)

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Word of the Day #15

Pax Mongolica

Foreign Lands #13, White Man's Burden #3

I am ... chiefly attracted by the aesthetic of empire: its feel, its look, its human passions, the metaphysics of its power, the sense of it, the intuition--its ships too, and its horsemen, and the dust of its high veld, and its distant trains streaming across the Punjab plain: and paramount for me in this jumble of suggestions is a sense of alter ego--as though the British had another people inside themselves, very different from the people that Dickens or Cobden portrayed, who learned to break out of their sad and prosaic realities, and live more brilliant lives in Xanadu.

Jan Morris, Heaven's Command: An Imperial Progress (1973)

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Architecture #6, Diptych #2

Etienne-Louis Boullée, Centoph for Isaac Newton, sections (1784)

Auden #9, Christianity #4

It is nonsense to say that the men of the Middle Ages did not observe nature, or cared only about their own souls, ignoring social relations: indeed it would be truer to say that their intellectual weakness was an oversimple faith in the direct evidence of their sense and immediate data of consciousness, an oversimplification of the relation between the objective and subjective world. Believing that the individual soul was a microcosm of the universe and that all visible things were signs of spiritual truths, they though that to demonstrate this, it was enough simply to use one’s eyes and one’s powers of relation to perceive analogies.

Introduction, Poets of the English Language, Vol. 1, (1953)

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Foreign Lands #12

That was in 630. Who would have guessed that within ten years both these great empries would be prostrated: that the Byzantine Empire would be utterly defeated, that Syria and Egypt would be lost for ever, that Jerusalem and the Cross of Christ would again pass to the infidel; and that the Persian Empire, the State which, with its great horses and its armed chivalry, had seemingly invented the perfect device against nomad invaders, would dissolve in a day? Yet this is what happened. It happened because a new social force had arisen in the Middle East: a force which combined the confederative powers of an Attila or a Genghis Khan with the intoxication of new ideology: Islam.

Hugh Trevor-Roper, The Rise of Christian Europe

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Scenes from a Life #3, Scopitone #13, Manhattan #8

The Ramones, "Judy is a Punk," CBGBs (c. 1974)

Saturday, December 09, 2006

King James Version #4

Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you? Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

Corinthians 3:1-6

Friday, December 08, 2006

Architecture #5

Grain elevator, Buffalo, New York, pictured in Amerika : Bilderbuch eines Architekten, Erich Mendelsohn (c. 1926)

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Anniverseries #2, America #9

"Man-on-the-Street", Dallas, Texas, December 9, 1941
John Avery Lomax, Interviewer
Edward Crane, Interviewee

John Lomax: This is Mr. Edward Crane talking. And this is John Lomax speaking at the present moment. And here is Mr. Crane before the microphone to ask him as a representative citizen of Dallas if he won't give to the American people his reactions when he heard of the Japanese aggression against this country that happened on the past Sunday morning. Mr. Crane.

Edward Crane:
Well, it's difficult for me to express my language in printable language, my thoughts in printable language. When I saw what happened, I admit that while I've never had a very high opinion of the Japanese, their conduct in this particular situation has lowered them even in my estimations of them which was low enough. Frankly, I think there's only one thing for this country to do and that is we ought to realize the fact that we're in a war to the finish.

The issue raised is one where there's no place for compromise. In other words, it's a war to the death. There are two civilizations involved. Both of which cannot exist. Frankly, my view is and I include the Hun or the Germans so-called in what I have to say about the Japanese. That is, we ought to exterminate both of them. There's no place for either of those races in the world today. As I say, it started with, there is no compromise involved.

There are two civilizations or rather a civilization as I call it which represents the American and English viewpoint on one side and the Hun and the Jap on the other. It's going to be a long war, probably run six or ten years, but we ought to realize the fact there can't be any compromise and either one of two solutions is bound to follow. That is that the Hun and the Jap will go down or this country and England will go down. It's unthinkable for one minute to conceive the idea that the Hun and the Jap will prevail.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

The Automobile #4

Arnold S. Eagle, Car passing car viewed from steering wheel, (late 1940s?)

Aviation #2, Foreign Lands #11

Monday, December 04, 2006

Aphorisms #3

Le mieux est l'ennemi du bon.


Sunday, December 03, 2006

Scopitone #12

Bill Evans (piano) Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen (bass) Alan Dawson (drums)
Philharmonie, Berlin, West Germany (October 29, 1965)

Saturday, December 02, 2006

The Animal Kingdom #5, Architecture #4

Lucy the Elephant, Margate, New Jersey (1881)