Autobiography of the Story Entitled "Ideas"


To; The 3rd Page
From; Muldoon Elder

Dear Ed. The 3rd Page,

You requested a brief biography to accompany my little one-page story called Ideas.

SOME POINTS OF REFERENCE FOR THIS STORY (to indicate a touch of the biographical background that hovers behind the story itself. Please feel free to publish this in lieu of a personal bio if you care to do so. I believe it will be of much greater interest to your readers than knowing my birthplace, education, parentage, and various so-called accomplishments that I may have stumbled into.):

A Visitor from Porlock; the lost lines of "KUBLA KAHN" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

The entire art of Paul Gauguin wherever you see it.

Bell's "Men of Mathematics," the section on Evariste Galois, the mathematical genius pork- swordsman who tragically died in a dual in 1832 at the age of twenty-one.

"Illuminations,"___ Diogenes. Circa 316 B.C.E.

"Memos For The New Millennium," (Notes on lightness from a lecture never given) by Italo Calvino.

"Out, out..." a wrenchingly powerful poem by Robert Frost.

"The Dream,"a marvelous poem by Theodore Roethke as set alongside his magnificent epic poem,"The Rose."

"The Man With the Blue Guitar," an intricate poem by Wallace Stevens inspired by Picasso's painting, "The Old Guitarist," (which hangs in The Art Institute of Chicago) as seen through the monocle of my uncle (" Le Monocle de Mon Oncle").

The profound confluence of the subtle light and shadow emanating from the unimaginably beautiful large hanging tondo discs created by an artist and gardener named Robert Irwin. (He designed the garden at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.)

"The Basics of Color Subtraction; light versus pigment,"___ Albert Bender.

"The Impossible Shapes of Silence," ___M.C. Escher.

"Leur Histoire," a great novel centered around speech and silence, by Dominique Mainard.

Scientific American Magazine, an article in the October 1963 issue, explaining how the cone dynamics of retinal afterimages affect the perception (and apperception) of color.

"The First and Last Freedom," __J. Krishnamurti, with an introduction by Aldous Huxley.

The Elements of Truth Existing Within Fraudulence," ___Meister Eckehart. 1323.

"Genius," ___Harold Bloom. 2002

"Simplified Physics of the Mystical Aspects of Light Diffraction," ___ Jerome Holland.

"The Art of Listening,"___ Huddie Ledbetter. 1941. �

� 2005__Muldoon Elder

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