[ilds] EH, LD, madness vs. academia

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Fri Dec 14 15:11:21 PST 2007

Beautiful, Alejandro, couldn't be better illustrated -- and coming from Lionel Trilling no less, an academic giant of the 20th century.  Please provide a citation.  You see, I have academic tendencies too, which I've never cured myself of.


-----Original Message-----
>From: Alejandro Adams <hungerist at hotmail.com>
>Sent: Dec 14, 2007 2:50 PM
>To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>Subject: Re: [ilds] EH, LD, madness vs. academia
>Nice point, Bruce.  Here is a passage from Lionel Trilling's diary.  (Stop 
>me if you've read this before.)
>"Saw a letter Hemingway wrote--a crazy letter, written when he was 
>drunk--self-revealing, arrogant, scared, trivial, absurd: yet felt from 
>reading it how right such a man is compared to the 'good minds' of my 
>university life--how he will produce and mean something to the world...how 
>his life which he could expose without dignity and which is anarchic and 
>'childish' is a better life than anyone I know could live, and right for his 
>job. And how far-far-far I am going from being a writer--how less and less I 
>have the material and the mind and the will."
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>> Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2007 06:59:48 -0800 (GMT-08:00)
>> From: Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>
>> Subject: Re: [ilds] Police, puritans and changing times
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>> David:
>> Great writers are capable of saying all kinds of absurd things, so that 
>> puts EH and LD in the same boat.  Academics, on the other hand, are sane, 
>> rational, grammatically correct, and often boring.  They don't have the 
>> madness necessary to write great books.  Your example of Shelby Foote's 
>> deliberate solecism, however, is wrong.  His point is that prior to the US 
>> Civil War, the term "United States" took a plural verb, i.e., the states 
>> were separate entities, but after the war it took a singular, i.e., the 
>> nation was a unity -- or so it once was.  I think it's reverted to the 
>> plural.  Everyone should go to Egypt.
>> Bruce

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