Category Archives: 2013 Selections

The Lyrics of Phlebas the Sailor

“A poem, or a passage from a poem, may tend to realize itself first as a particular rhythm before it reaches expression in words, and that this rhythm may bring to birth the idea or the image.” (T.S. Eliot, On … Continue reading

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READING THE WASTE LAND – PART IV, Death by Water

Reading T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land by myself could have been a slog through a poetic wasteland. In partnership with Peter–through his urging “Let us go then, you and I,”—the pilgrimage became a joyful meander through a classic literary … Continue reading

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Comments on our Discussion of The Waste Land

I originally chose The Waste Land because I had read it in college and many times after.  There was something about it that grabbed me, although I certainly could not say I “understood” it. Since we had read some poems … Continue reading

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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2013. If it were a … Continue reading

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December Selection: T. S. Eliot, The Waste Land

We will meet on December 5 (Note new meeting day, this month only) to discuss Peter Farnum’s selection, T. S. Eliot’s poem, The Waste Land. Peter provides the following information about his selection: ————————————————————- Waste Land – How to aproach … Continue reading

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November Selection: The Orphan Master’s Son (2012)

On November 12 we will discuss Ron Powers’ selection         Adam Johnson, The Orphan Master’s Son, 2012 Here is some preliminary information about the book provided by Ron Powers. ——————————————————————– In our recent book club readings, we’ve “traveled” by novel to Japan … Continue reading

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Applying the Fales’ Method to Current Events

For me the two books we have just read raised a question How to do the right thing. Both books emphasize that acting is important. Dimock tortures us with the need to act and how to know what the right … Continue reading

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Strung Out: Perceiving the Connections Among the Disconnected.

  Commentary on Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann (e-book edition, New York: Random House, c2009) “[I]magination is the power that enables us to perceive the normal in the abnormal, the opposite of chaos in chaos.” (Wallace Stevens) … Continue reading

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October Selection: Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff

At our October 8, 2013 meeting, we will discuss the following selection suggested by Burk: Cleopatra, A Life, Little, Brown and Company, New York, 2010. Burk provides the following information about his selection: ———————————————————————– I selected “Cleopatra, A Life” by … Continue reading

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Dimock’s GEORGE ANDERSON: A Modern Variation on Kierkegaard’s FEAR AND TREMBLING

Peter Dimock, George Anderson: Notes for a Love Song in Imperial Time, Dalkey Archive Press, 2013  (page numbers for quotes below are from paperback edition) Soren Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling: A Dialectical Lyric, originally published in Danish in 1843. (page … Continue reading

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