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Bowie’s Bookshelf

Pretty naff cover what with the Aladdin Sane lightening bolt layered over a decent photo. The UK cover is better. Anyway, the books (and periodicals) have a strong dose both of sophisticated and pretty basic humour, counterposed by books of philosophical interest, especially if one is wary of regressive Leftism. The following are the most…

John Henry Newman’s Canonisation

Newman’s canonisation ceremony is set for 13 October 2019. See this article. One of my favorite books is his Grammar of Assent freely available here. Another is his philosophical novel Loss and Gain also freely available. Catholicismgrammar of assentidea of a universityJohn Henry NewmanLiberal educationloss and gainMichael OakeshottPhilosophy of Educationt. s. eliot

Butley

Alan Bates’ performance of a lifetime (and he’s had a few) deliciously embodies Simon Gray’s scathing insider’s perspective into the grim world of humanities academia (already that in 1971). Butley has much in common with Malcolm Lowry’s Under the Volcano insofar as all the action takes place in one day, everything falls apart, and alcohol is part and…

The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot: The Critical Edition

The very excellent Ronald Schuchard discusses the genesis of this important and large project. Of course Valerie Eliot was vital to the realization of this task as he explains in the video. Some months ago I posted this amusing squib from VE and was reminded of one of my favorite Eliot quotes: All our knowledge brings us nearer to our…

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

And indeed there will be time To wonder, “Do I dare?” and, “Do I dare?” Here’s an annotated version and recording of Eliot himself reading this perplexing and disturbing poem. The poem, described as a “drama of literary anguish”, is a dramatic interior monologue of an urban man, stricken with feelings of isolation and an incapability…