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August 12, 2007

Hinterland Diary

John Stoehr

Who knew he could be so lighthearted . . .

O O O O that Shakespeherian Rag--

It's so elegant

So intelligent

From T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land," a snippet of popular song recalled amid a wife's mental breakdown. The levity doesn't last long. She accuses him of never talking to her:

'Speak to me. Why do you never speak? Speak.

'What are you thinking of? What thinking? What?

'I never know what you are thinking. Think.'

His unspoken reply:

I think we are in rats' alley

Where the dead men lost their bones.

Posted by John Stoehr at August 12, 2007 6:17 AM


Years ago I used to listen to a tape recording of T.S. Eliot reading "The Wasteland" as I was tooling down country roads at about 1 in the morning -- the combination of gloom, Eliot's reedy voice and the poem's imagery made for a spooky experience.

Posted by: gary panetta at August 12, 2007 9:52 PM