In order to address some wicked comments at Durkin's Garage, they are quoted here, in a kind of forum style. If you have already read the comments at Durkin's Garage, scroll sown to the bold title, Jack in the Box and a Stone in the Hand.
The Q is the clue!
What's the most powerful piece in chess? What's the most vulnerable? Just as the all-seeing eye shines down to let the weed patch below grow high, so does K leave magic boxes around lying low. Check lower quadrants for crystal, fire and ash.
In North Right I, JFR
Also: actor who plays Durkin, Tony Burton is a heavyweight boxer, appeared in all six Rocky movies, AND beat Kubrick in chess. Publish press myths find Tony stayed on the set long after he shot his scenes just to play chess with Stanley. He was also allowed to reveal the "secrets" of the elevator scene to the press. Kubrick saw this man as his mate, his equal. In the film, Durkin has the power as a car-man to move things around, an position comparable to film directing ... or chess-playing ... or boxing!
1. Six Rocky movies form another CUBE.
2. Shining takes place in the Rockies.
3. Shining stedicam man Garrett Brown also worked on 3 Rocky movies, including "Rocky II" during Shining schedule.
4. Burton plays the "CORNER MAN" in the Rocky movies.
5. Burton's name in the Rocky flicks is "DUKE" (highest rank below the Crown, the knockout fist)
6. Which calls to mind the famous "Battle of the Blues" rivalry between Duke University and Univeristy of North Carolina... The Blue Devils vs. the Tar-Heels ... the Eye against the Pyramid...
And from Matte
wizard, in the event that you're correct about this boxing/cube theory, and you are making a good case for it, note the other omnipresent box in the film, the boob tube. was stanley tipping his hat when jack says "it's ok, he saw it on the television"? that line is pregnant with meaning. (note also that a woman's "private" area is also known as her "box".
i looked at your cubes and am reminded of film frames -- stanley is nothing if not self-reflexive. jack's manuscript is not a novel or a screenplay but the film itself, complete with cryptic kubrickian code. is jack holding a frame of film?
wizard, your box....the cube....it's in mulholland drive. holy shit!
Jack in the Box and a Stone in the Hand
...I will give him a white stone, and a new name written upon the stone which no one knows but he who receives it. - Rev 2:17
Because I am going to talk about some clues in the Bible I offer a caveat. I am not a Christian, Jew, Muslim, or Buddhist. I reject all forms of worship, be they systematic or otherwise. To me, the very idea of The Sacred is anathema. Like silver to a werewolf. I behold the Bible and other eldritch texts not as sacred but as cryptographic and possibly hostile technologies.
Now then, there are many references in the Bible, both Old and New Testament, to mysterious stones. A survey of a good concordance will illustrate that along the historical curvature of the Bible, these stones shrink from colossally monolithic to hand size. Sharpies are sure to accuse that we are not told that these are the same stones. I am making an inference that it might just be the same stone, and I am aware that this is likely to be controversial.
Consider Matte's read that in the final photo, it is a frame of film that Jack holds in his palm. I can confirm this possibility from personal experience. You can too, if you are old enough, or if you possess some very old film negative. Until fairly recently, photo film negative was usually delivered in a folded piece of waxy paper. The item Jack holds does seem a little small to be a piece of negative, but I'm too intrigued to let it drop without consideration.
Our next connect comes from the now well worn observation that the Monolith from 2001 is a film screen turned sideways. If one accepts this formula, then it is a simple matter to imagine the Monolith as the surface of a filmic negative, either photo or cinematic.
Deep Kubrick readers will remember multiple descriptions of the Monolith as a smooth black stone. I can not site sources here, as I don't remember exactly where I happened upon it, but the smooth black stone reference is out there somewhere. As I write this, it occurs that maybe the smooth stone reference is from the Clarke's 2001 novel, but I'm not quite sure and I don't own a copy.
So we have now a meta pun. Stone = Monolith = Small Stone = filmic image in Jack's hand for final photo = Jack holds the Monolith!!!.
To this recipe I add a dash of madness. Isn't it so that in King's novel, The Overlook burns down. Perhaps this is a clue to the removal of the famous missing scene from the end of The Shining. Without the Ullman hospital visit, Kubrick can leave the final fate of the Hotel up to the viewer. Perhaps, if Kubrick had let us look at the photo even longer, we would see flames licking up around its frame.
And from Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. Merry pick's up (holds) a stone which is The Eye of Sauron. The connection of an eye to a stone takes us right back to Durkin's Garage. The Monoltih is The Box is the Stone and bears an Eye.
Added here are the riffs from JFR, above, about boxing and chess. This guy takes ideas from everywhere and makes them a hundred times more clear and cool and cogent. He is like Japan or something.
The series of boxing meta-puns, and even moreso in the light of JFR's additions, ought to convince at least one or two hardcore skeptics of what we're at here.
JFR also invokes The Q - and I think it is key. Jay Weidner points out the interesting pun upon Kubrick. A Cube Brick or a Brick Cubed. Just play with three bricks and you can arrange at least a few different models of the Monolith. And as you suggest, JFR, we seem to be talking about a very fragile and yet very great power.
To that power I offer my respect and my fear, but never, of my own will, worship.
And a quick take of Matte's observation that box is a vulgarity for the female genitalia. I think you are on the simolians, and it relates directly to Wendy's riffle through Jack's novel. Seen through Rorschach blot, the words 'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy' could easily be read as 'My wife doesn't fuck me anymore and I'm starting to get pissed about it'. Wendy is an true Oedipal UberMom. After bearing a Son, her box is off limits. Jack wants entrance into the cosmic vagina, where he might find a muse. Because he is denied this muse he can only stack page upon page of nothingness, a hyper-cube to the heavens.
The Pax is in the Mail.
P.S. Readers intrigued by the appearance of the stone in the Bible and it's connection to modern eschatology should take a look at the lectures, online, of David Flynn.