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The Stone of the Sky

In Maurice Blanchot's "The Madness of the Day" (1973), the narrator witnesses, a few steps away, a woman manoeuvring a baby carriage through a door. A man walking through the same door at that moment steps back, enabling the woman to lift the carriage and enter the house. 'Seized by joy" the narrator relates,


“I went to the house but did not enter. Through the opening, I saw the black edge of a courtyard. I leaned against the outer wall; I was really very cold. As the cold wrapped around me from head to foot, I slowly felt my great height take on the dimensions of this boundless cold; it grew tranquilly, according to the laws of its true nature, and I lingered in the joy and perfection of this happiness, for one moment my head as high as the stone of the sky and my feet on the pavement. All that was real; take note.”

Maurice Blanchot, "Madness of the Day"


My father sent me a cassette recording one wherein he said that, while swimming in a lake in South Africa, it seemed to him as if he had become the world (or words along those lines).


I have never felt the same way but I have felt myself to become very large. It was so scary that I managed to escape from the feeling. All this was real, take note.


I sometimes think I can feel the presence of a giant when I am cycling on my road bike, in my road bikers' tuck looking at my legs.


There several astral or very tall ladies in pop songs that may be related.


Who is this girl up high?


"Like and Animal" by the the Smith/Severin The Glove references a girl that lives one mile in the air.

In Bowie there is

“The (female) spider who possesses the sky” ("Take my Tip" by the Manish Boys, Bowie’s first song)

The girl with the mousy hair (tall at least in the video to “Is there Life on Mars”)

The Glass Spider in the concert tour and song of the same name.

The Man who Sold the World, possibly, since Bowie meats him on a stair (case). Not a girl, true. But is this girl a girl?

Starman (waiting in the sky) (again not a girl).

Oh you Pretty Things (not necessarily female) but a crack in the sky and, presumably a giant's, hand.


Steve Marriot (Bowie's friend) sings of being the toy "Tin Soldier" of "A dream passing by in the sky" and Bolan is likewise the toy of one of the incarnations of his car-girl, in Twentieth Century Boy as he pouts.



The girl who was long gone in Syd Barrett’s “Long Gone” is long which may mean tall.


The viewpoint in Syd Barrett lead Pink Floyd’s “See Emily Play,” and that in the end of Adam Ant's Goody Two Shoes video.


The girl in Curiosity Killed the Cat’s “Right back down to earth.”


"Venus" (on the mountain top) in the Shocking Blue song


The girl in whose hair the universe is reclining in Bolan’s Jeepster, suggests an immense height and same framing as in the Blanchot quote.


This framing is found in The Slider where Bolan refers to one of his car-girls as like a door.


And elsewhere again in religion etc.

Jacob Boehme’s mother seems to be up high.

The Heavenly Mother in the guru’s book that Steve Jobs gave to those that came to his funeral, is heavenly and hence, “one mile in the sky”, perhaps.

Saint Theresa of Lisieux's Jesus would seem to be up high since his arms are like an elevator that would take her (if she is small enough) to heaven.


Ultraman, from the land of light

Amidabutsu (Amitabha) giant Buddha of light


Amaterasu, the central deity of Japan’s Shinto religion is a sun goddess that looks down on us from the sky. Japanese school children often draw pictures from an elevated viewpoint.


Rochat's super ego as first person self is massive as can be seen from Mach's drawing wherein a giant, door, frames, or has the universe resting in its eye socket.


The superego in Freud is literally the "over-I".


Lionel Messi points to the sky where he feels his grandmother to be, after scoring sublime goals.


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