[ilds] Police, puritans and changing times

Denise Tart & David Green dtart at bigpond.net.au
Thu Dec 13 22:42:16 PST 2007


glad someone responded to my post. I like Ol' Hem too, but he is not exactly 
flavour of the month with the fashionable literary set is he? all that 
blokey stuff. "only Bullfighters live all the way up" - only Hem could say 
that! I guess once you are famous you can say anything. Paris Hilton says 
"I'm deep" and people ....well know what she is talking about

So I am going to say "only Rugby players live true lives"

Or "the American Civil War made us an is" - Shelby Foote

Glad your back Bruce - what an exotic life you live.


Denise Tart & David Green
16 William Street, Marrickville NSW 2204

+61 2 9564 6165
0412 707 625
dtart at bigpond.net.au
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bruce Redwine" <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>
To: <ilds at lists.uvic.ca>
Sent: Thursday, December 13, 2007 4:02 AM
Subject: Re: [ilds] Police, puritans and changing times

> Back from Egypt.  Well put, DG, although I question the assessment about 
> EH, for the same reason LD is no longer trendy.  I like Papa.
> BR
> -----Original Message-----
>>From: Denise Tart & David Green <dtart at bigpond.net.au>
>>Sent: Dec 8, 2007 10:06 PM
>>To: Durrel <ilds at lists.uvic.ca>
>>Subject: [ilds] Police, puritans and changing times
>>unless a writer is lucky enough to make into the eternal canon; the hall 
>>of fame where Homer, Tacitus, chaucer, shakespeare, Byron, Keats, Austin 
>>and Charles Bukowski reside, pallid figures in their gilt frames, writers 
>>have a tendency to 'have their moment'.
>>Old Hem was the man. Now he is past and gone. He spoke for a certain sort 
>>of person who knew the 1914 - 1950 period. Durrell found his moment as the 
>>western intellectuals opened flower like after the carnage and shortages 
>>of great WW2. Durrell found his generation in the 60's. Justine went down 
>>like the new drugs and the new freedoms. Outriders were in. I was born in 
>>1959 and I remember adults at dinner parties talking about Durrell and the 
>>Quartet. I still have my mother's 4 volume Faber set.
>>Since the 1990s a new puritanism has flooded into the west. It's all about 
>>being worthy, picking up some cause or issue; green, the environment, 
>>being thin, drinking water all the time or making some carefully (or not) 
>>disguised statement about urban poverty or slum clearance or gender 
>>politics, save the whale; all that............
>>..........so Durrell does not fit, does he. Hmmm Lawrence Durrell. what 
>>does he write about; sex, lesbianism, greek islands, obscure post colonial 
>>types, homesexuals, odd diplomats, more greek islands, coptic sects, weird 
>>vaguely aristoctatic characters, France - all the people and places 
>>puritans hate really. A self indulgent, alcoholic, womanizing, apolitical, 
>>sexist wanker who will certainly not be studied in this university funded 
>>by the "all the way with George Bush neo con Government of John Winston 
>>Howard (former prime minister of Terra Australis)
>>Durrell should not make himself more relevant. the public should make 
>>itself more Durrell.
>>Denise Tart & David Green
>>16 William Street, Marrickville NSW 2204
>>+61 2 9564 6165
>>0412 707 625
>>dtart at bigpond.net.au
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