Certainly of interest to me, Ken. Thanks.
There are further relevant pieces of interest in
McLuhan's LETTERS. Some of his anti-US attitude may have
been accounted for by the fact that as a Catholic, he
didn't stand a chance of getting hired anywhere in the
Then there is the animus against the US for what is was doing
to Pound, not to mention Pound's general animus against
mass-production society esp. as characterised by the US.
The other side of it is, that MM. had the greatest of respect for
the U.S. writer E.A. Poe, and Poe's technigue for Dupin in the
detective fiction. Hardly consistent with the absolutism
in the letter.
As for the algebra -- that's a direct reflection back to
Pound of his own theory of poetry -- an obeisance to the
master, as it were, with an emotional resonance that was
empathetic with Pound's own mood. Didn't EP say something
like "I left the insane asylum when I left the US."?
Obviously when MM became hyperbolic, as in that letter
to Pound, it would not be effective to read him literally
or dialectically, as meaning exactly what the words would
seem to be conveying. It might worth trying the experiment
of reading the statement as a *big I* process. (What grade
did we stop using that phrase *big I*?) There are things
about the US to be accounted for by his iconic assemblage.
From: Ken Armstrong
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Sent: 12/30/03 6:18 AM
Subject: WHOOPS Re OFF LIST
Sorry. But maybe the McLu comments on the ideogram will be of more