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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…