Peter wrote: " McLuhan once wrote to Pound, seriously balling him out
for having a secret occult design on modern culture, and
Writing this away from my books so please forgive.
Wasn't it during the early 50's and the St Elizabeth years that Pound
surrounded himself with a group of young people at the hospital. Some of
these young people were fairly weird as I recall. Most of them encouraged
his obsessions particularly the racial and economic ones. I have not seen
scholarly work done on them but would appreciate anyone's pointers to any
such work. One of them was a young woman artist.
It was the early 50's when Charles Olson visited Pound in the hospital and
was sickened (Olson's words) by Pound's obsessions and by the group of
people surrounding him.
Not sure whether this is the same group that McLuhan was referring to or
not. From what I recall of them they were almost acting as gate keepers to
Pound. They held regular gatherings in his room and apparently discussed his
fascist work primarily.
A very interesting group that should be researched if it has not already