I vaguely remember something about the dried tubers coming from Jesse Weston
to do with cultic rituals.
Whatever the source (and I don't think yours is to be discounted Steve --
its very much an open question), the
symbol is incredible as a vehicle for the cultural state of the time.
A recent biographical program on the CBC suggested that
the first thing McLuhan said after his stroke, which happened in April, was
"April is the cruelest month."
I asked his son, Eric, who suggested that it was possible but he wasn't
sure. Apparently there were several great allusions before the master of
communicaztion finally went aphasic.
From: [log in to unmask] [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Thursday, June 19, 2003 8:59 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: A little life with dried tubers
In a message dated 6/19/03 10:52:18 AM EST, [log in to unmask] writes:
> I must leave the house, but shall now post some other uses of "little
> life." More later ... Marcia
What got my attention was the phrase "a little life" (a phrase in Joyce's
book about the Irish) in **combination** with the phrase "dried tubers"
could point to the Irish potato famine).
Just some speculation for your consideration on a rainy and dreary June
-- Steve --