Friday Notebook 02.25.2011


  1. Lyle Daggett
    Lyle Daggett March 1, 2011 at 4:14 am .

    Joseph, yes, the Escher painting at the web address you gave is in fact the one I was thinking of.

  2. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison February 28, 2011 at 4:37 pm .

    Thanks for passing on the info, Lynne. All visitors are welcome!

  3. Lynne Rees
    Lynne Rees February 28, 2011 at 12:30 pm .

    Hi Joseph, just found your blog (via a link to your review of Ce Rosenow&#39;s book, Pacific) and delighted I have : ) I&#39;m going to recommend it to a friend of mine, Tamar Yoseloff, an americain writer living in London, who blogs on poetry and art at <br /><br /><br />Look forward to reading more of your posts.

  4. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison February 27, 2011 at 4:50 am .

    I wonder if this is the one you&#39;re remembering, Lyle:<br /><br /><br /><br />Regardless, Escher is truly marvelous—like Minneapolis, I guess!

  5. Lyle Daggett
    Lyle Daggett February 27, 2011 at 4:00 am .

    I&#39;ve seen this Escher painting many times over the years, and have always enjoyed losing myself in it for a few minutes.<br /><br />There&#39;s another Escher painting, the title of which I don&#39;t recall, in which people are walking up and down staircases that run along all four walls of a square building.<br /><br />It&#39;s drawn in such a way that none of the staircases appears to go

  6. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison February 26, 2011 at 5:53 pm .

    Conrad, I forgot say thanks for linking to this. It tickles me every time you place me among the &quot;<a href="; rel="nofollow">blognoscenti</a>&quot;. Always an honor….

  7. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison February 26, 2011 at 5:46 pm .

    Since we live in a pocket of space-time, Vassilis, I see no reason why that particular vector couldn&#39;t light up for a moment, firefly-like. I love it when that happens!<br /><br />And thanks for the kind words, Conrad. I <i>am</i> a water sign, hence more often earthbound than not. Though I do drift off as mist now and then….

  8. Conrad DiDiodato
    Conrad DiDiodato February 26, 2011 at 5:37 pm .

    The Escher painting looks (remarkably) like the inside of a NASA space craft, especially the ones designed for long voyages.<br /><br />A verse like &quot;I’m scribbling this to prove/ to myself I’m on the way,/racing through the stone house&quot; conveys that sense of disorientation earth-centric persepctives are bound to produce.<br /><br />Well done!

  9. vazambam
    vazambam February 26, 2011 at 6:38 am .

    Joe—<br /><br />Just how relative can relativity be? Last night, my wife and I were reading a newspaper which had a review of the Greek edition of R. Mark Sainsbury’s <i>Paradoxes</i> and—lo and behold—there was Escher’s “Relativity, 1953” leading us up and down impossible stairs and through paradoxical doors; this morning, your fine ekphrastic poem arrived—a wonderful, bizarre coincidence!

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