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  1. Mark
    Mark June 15, 2008 at 1:30 am . Reply

    I don’t know much about The New Business Model, 9/11’s place in history, or whether the invasion of Iraq or Afghanistan was justified or even worth it. I do know one thing though – 9/11 was to quote Evelyn Waugh, “the modern world in arms”, and on that day all the masks came off. On that day, the Chomskys, the Falwells, and the Bin Ladens pretty much stood together as one.

    As for Dorothy Parker, well, sometimes when you splash around in the shallows, pace Mark Steyn, you’ll occasionally hit great depths. If you go out fishing in the deep, not unlike Pound, more often than not you’ll catch nothing, which I think Pound pretty much did.

    Nuff said.

  2. Mark
    Mark June 15, 2008 at 8:10 am . Reply

    Is it really great poetry though? Pound and Eliot are so…dessicated. After reading the novel To The White Sea and Alexander Pope’s translation of Ulysses, I knew one way or another, I had to go teach English in Japan. I read Paradise Lost while working for ECC in South Korea, and the line “Better to rule in hell than serve in heaven” reminded me that as bad it got there, it was still better than hanging around Winnipeg. I started weightlifting and playing street hockey for a lot of different reasons, but a small part of me wanted to get a little taste of what I’d read in those translations of Ancient Greek and Roman poetry. Pound and Eliot? Well, I guess it’s inspired me to read other poetry, ’cause there are so many dense allusions and they make so many obscure references. In the end though, I wasted too much time reading Eliot and Pound. The real (American anyway) poetry of the twentieth century were those beautiful showtunes by Cole Porter et al sung by Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and Peggy Lee.

    For Waugh, at the start of World War II anyway, it was a pretty stark contrast – Hitler and Stalin on one side, and pretty much everybody else on the other. There are people who think flying 747’s into skyscrapers is wrong, and well, then there are the Falwells, Chomskys etc who…well, I think for a moment we saw their true colors.

  3. Julia
    Julia June 16, 2008 at 12:06 am . Reply

    Revealing ignorance, or at least lack of particular experience — I enjoy Eliot, have read no Pound, and now am wondering, would I enjoy Pound? Is it worth the time to find out?

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