• MT VOID, 06/30/23 -- Vol. 41, No. 53, Whole Number 2282

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    06/30/23 -- Vol. 41, No. 53, Whole Number 2282

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    The Algebra Wine Club (comments by Mark R. Leeper and
    Evelyn C. Leeper)
    Science Fiction (and Other) Discussion Groups, Films,
    Lectures, etc. (NJ)
    Mark's Picks for Turner Classic Movies in July
    (comments by Mark R. Leeper)
    FINNEGANS WAKE (correction) (letters of comment
    by George Phillies and Jim Susky)
    This Week's Reading (TIME'S ARROW) (book comments
    by Evelyn C. Leeper)


    TOPIC: The Algebra Wine Club (comments by Mark R. Leeper and
    Evelyn C. Leeper)

    If we have the TCM Wine Club and the NPR Wine Club, we should have
    the Algebra Wine Club, especially as both mathematics and wine have
    the specialized term "sec". [-mrl/ecl]


    TOPIC: Science Fiction (and Other) Discussion Groups, Films,
    Lectures, etc. (NJ)

    Meetings in Middletown are in-person; meetings in Old Bridge are
    Zoomed. The best way to get the latest information is to be on
    the mailing lists for them.

    July 6, 2023 (MTPL) FERMAT'S LAST TANGO (2001) & novel
    THE LAST THEOREM (2008) by Arthur C. Clarke & Frederik Pohl
    by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
    August 3, 2023 (MTPL) FANTASTIC VOYAGE (1966) & novel
    FANTASTIC VOYAGE by Isaac Asimov


    TOPIC: Mark's Picks for Turner Classic Movies in July (comments
    by Mark R. Leeper)

    A film that was much admired during its lifetime (it was released
    1962) was DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES, with a cast headed by Jack
    Lemmon and Lee Remick. It told the story of two very likable
    people whose lives were ruined by alcoholism. The film is rarely
    seen these days. It was based on a live television play from
    PLAYHOUSE 90, also called DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES, which starred
    Cliff Robertson and Piper Laurie. The actors in the film were not
    well known to audiences and some of the acting is the best of the
    early 1960s. Lemmon's performance, both when his character is
    drunk and when he is sober, is as powerful as any we are likely to
    find today, and in fact both he and Remick were nominated for
    Academy Awards for their work. Lemmon in particular has to convey
    the nightmarish nature of his delirium tremens.

    The film was directed by Blake Edwards, known these days for his
    comedies: VICTOR/VICTORIA, THE PARTY, and the "Pink Panther"
    movies. But before these, he directed several detective films and
    other dramas.

    [DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES (1962), Wednesday, July 19, 5:45 PM]

    Other films of interest:

    SUNDAY, July 2
    2:00 AM Soylent Green (1973)
    4:00 AM Westworld (1973)

    MONDAY, July 3
    1:00 AM Flesh and the Devil (1926)

    THURSDAY, July 6
    11:30 AM Angels in the Outfield (1951)
    11:00 PM Secret of the Blue Room (1933)

    FRIDAY, July 7
    12:00 PM Tarzan, the Ape Man (1932)

    SATURDAY, July 8
    6:00 AM Forbidden Planet (1956)

    MONDAY, July 10
    10:00 PM Harvey (1950)

    THURSDAY, July 13
    9:30 PM Dead Man's Eyes (1944)

    FRIDAY, July 14
    7:30 AM The Leopard Man (1943)
    10:30 AM The Swarm (1978)
    1:15 PM The Pack (1977)
    3:00 PM Night of the Lepus (1972)
    4:30 PM Of Unknown Origin (1983)
    6:15 PM Razorback (1984)

    FRIDAY, July 21
    3:45 AM The Great Dictator (1940)

    SATURDAY, July 22
    4:45 AM Network (1976)

    SATURDAY, July 22
    10:00 PM The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959)

    SUNDAY, July 23
    4:30 PM The Boy with Green Hair (1948)

    TUESDAY, July 25
    6:00 AM The Invisible Menace (1938)

    SATURDAY, July 29
    6:15 PM The Omega Man (1971)

    SUNDAY, July 30
    10:15 PM Being There (1979)

    MONDAY, July 31
    2:15 AM Daisies (1966)
    6:00 AM Them! (1954)


    TOPIC: FINNEGANS WAKE (correction) (letters of comment by George
    Phillies and Jim Susky)

    In response to Evelyn's comments on FINNEGANS WAKE in the 06/23/23
    issue of the MT VOID, George Phillies writes:

    There seems to be a missing line in your discussion of FINNEGANS

    Evelyn responds:

    Yes, there was, though it was missing only in the PDF version, and
    there was a missing close quotation mark in all versions. It
    should have read:

    ... And Marion
    Turner's THE WIFE OF BATH: A BIOGRAPHY (2023) talks about
    "FINNEGAN'S WAKE", which should not have an apostrophe. According
    to "The Guardian", Thomas Flanagan, a professor in the English
    department at UCB, "the insertion of an apostrophe would presuppose
    that Finnegan is an individual and that he is dead (hence his

    Flanagan's reading allowed plural Finnegans (a collective of Irish
    people), and the implied exhortation that they wake from their
    slumbers, precipitated by the weight of their history and the
    strictures of Catholicism." [The quote is from "The Guardian", not
    directly from Flanagan.]

    [Jim Susky also pointed this out.]


    TOPIC: This Week's Reading (book comments by Evelyn C. Leeper)

    After Martin Amis died, I re-read his "science fiction" novel,
    TIME'S ARROW (Vintage International, ISBN 978-0-679-73572-4). I
    put "science fiction" in quotes, because there is no real science
    fiction premise, just the idea that time runs backward. There is
    no scientific explanation for this--it just is.

    As with COUNTER-CLOCK WORLD (by Philip K. Dick), one difficulty of
    writing a novel with this premise is the dialogue. In
    COUNTER-CLOCK WORLD, the conversations started with "good-bye" and
    ended with "Hello" but otherwise proceeded in the same time flow as
    in our world. Amis goes further, with conversations also running
    backwards, the words and sentences are still shown in our time
    direction. But his narrator, who at least some of the time seems
    to understand that everything is reversed, early on gives an
    example of how the dialogue really sounds: "Dug. Dug." "Oo
    y'rrah." And so on.

    Why they do this is not clear, since they also say, "I have noticed
    in the past, of course, that most conversations would make much
    better sense if you ran them backward." This implies that they
    don't realize that their world the the backwards one, so why they
    give the conversations in our world's pronunciation order is not

    And the description of "progress unrolling" (syringes no longer
    disposable, a color television being replaced by a black-and-white
    one) given as a series of short statements is so similar to
    Baoshu's "What Has Passed Shall in Kinder Light Reveal" that one is
    tempted to see an influence there, although it seems unlikely.


    Mark Leeper

    I do not mind lying, but I hate inaccuracy.
    --Samuel Butler

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