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Christians are all anti-semities. I never liked Elliot's hack poetry. Compared to the Psalms he's dust.

Posted by Issur | August 27, 2007 3:24 PM

@1 - Ok - thanks for that, Mr. Issur.

Anyways - Brendan, thanks, that was an interesting letter to read. Any idea what Groucho's stamp says at the end of his letter? At first I thought is was Embassy of Fredonia or something, but its not.

Marx discusses how new writers had brough sex and the lavatory into the open. Is this true with regards to the lavatory? Or was that tried and quietly discarded cuz no one likes reading about you taking a shit? I'm not up enough on modern literature to know for sure, so I thought I through the question to the ether of slog.

Posted by Jude Fawley | August 27, 2007 3:39 PM

I meant throw, not through. P.S. I wonder who will compile my internet postings into a book in 50 years?

Posted by Jude Fawley | August 27, 2007 3:40 PM

Eliot peaked in his twenties. His later poems (including most of "The Wasteland") are unreadable, his criticism mostly ridiculous. But most of all, Eliot's primary motivation in life, his desire to be English, always escaped him. HE WAS BORN AND RAISED IN SAINT LOUIS, MISSOURI.

Actual English people were perpetually amused at his mostly unsuccessful attempts to ape upper-class Englishisms, like the bowler hat and the rolled umbrella. He was constantly asking people about the correct way to do such and such, and never getting it quite right. What he was never able to fully grasp is that social climbing of that sort is the one thing that no Englishman of any stripe can ever tolerate.

Oh, and he wrote "Cats".

Posted by Fnarf | August 27, 2007 4:22 PM


I'm pretty sure the stamp says "Library of Congress."

Posted by keshmeshi | August 27, 2007 4:48 PM

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