Archive for June, 2005

Fifteen years ago I walked into the Phoenix, a poetry bookshop on Jones Street that no longer exists, and asked what they had by Yvor Winters. The proprietor went to the back and returned with several items from the library of Glenway Wescott (1901-1987), a distinguished novelist and a friend and contemporary of Winters. I […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted June 25, 2005 @ 7:40 PM | Poetry

In ordinary discourse a “dated” work of art is old-fashioned, no longer pertinent, a back number. But this is imprecise. The truly dated work can be traced to the moment it was made. The 40s: Gentleman’s Agreement (1947) The 40s are remembered, cinematically, as the era of gangsters and gun molls, of crooked cops and […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted June 21, 2005 @ 9:10 PM | Movies

There is bridge blogging, as in “check out my culture, it’s even worse than yours,” which is copious, and then there is bridge blogging, as in the game, which is scarce. Me, I prefer the latter: my own damn culture gives me enough tzuris. Unfortunately, if we except the occasional bridge entry at Floyd McWilliams’ […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted June 20, 2005 @ 4:21 PM | Blogs

Now is the time on God of the Machine when I play nice with the other blogchildren, who must be exasperated by my philoso-scientific treatises. I have been tagged for a game by Agenda Bender, who sustains, practically single-handledly, my diminishing belief that homosexuals are, in fact, witty. I will indulge him. 1. Number of […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted June 9, 2005 @ 5:52 PM | Culture,Literature,Movies

What is entropy, exactly? First try an easier one: What is gravity? Suppose you had never heard of gravity and asked me what it was. I answer the usual, “attraction at a distance.” At this point you are as badly off as you were before. Do only certain objects attract each other? How strong is […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted June 2, 2005 @ 3:03 PM | Alpha Theory