Books: Pi in the Sky

__ JOURNAL FROM ELLIPSIA by Hortense Calisher. 375 pages. Little, Brown $5.95.

"On, on, on and on, on; and on and on, on. This place is simply teeming with time. Meanwhile, I elided in and out, iris-ing in from slightly more than thirteen billion light-years away, receding at more than the speed of light, and hence invisible, on sources purporting to emanate from a nubbin of matter acting flatly against its own spherical. Miles out to star, you can smell it, the tang of variability here. O how shall I render a what-where-who-how which...

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