Peter Montgomery wrote:
> Perhaps my mentionng of the spiritual dimension might embolden
> a lurker or two to get involved. I hope so. I mean, one really
> shouldn't avoid the fact that Eliot did, consciously and
> deliberately, move beyond the waste land.
Notice the political, social, and metaphysical premises hidden and/or
revealed in that phrase, "move _beyond_." One could make the same remark
about Eliot and _also_ make other social, political, metaphysical
judgments, but one would also have to make those judgments more
explicit: "Eliot conspicuously and deliberately refused to move beyond
the dramatization in the Wasteland of a world made sterile by the
absence of solidarity to an articulation of the possible grounds of
solidarity, instead relapsing into a dessicated spirituality."
That is ugly prose. It is difficult to avoid stereotyped expectations in
smoother prose. I assume that spirituality is a lame substitute for
solidarity -- perhaps one should say, in fact, _ersatz_ solidarity.