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Itunes has a TWL satire for download

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"Rickard A. Parker" <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 28 Feb 2013 17:13:48 -0600

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Good news for Ipad users. You can now download an interactive version
of Martin Rowson's graphic novel "The Waste Land" from Itunes from
    https://itunes.apple.com/app/martin-rowsons-the-waste-land/id438535843?mt=8

$9.99

I still have a bad copy of several frames of Rowson's work at
   http://world.std.com/~raparker/temp/rowson.jpg

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The Itunes page says:

Martin Rowson's The Waste Land "Seen"
By Throwaway Horse

Description

More than just a comic book, Martin Rowson's The Waste Land "Seen" combines
Rowson's brilliant graphic novel with an interactive reader's guide as a
gateway to learning about poetry, modernism, film noir and art history.
First published in 1999, Rowson reimagines T.S. Eliot's iconic poem as a
film noir murder mystery, playfully addressing some of the themes and
allusions scattered throughout this notoriously difficult work.

Readers can swipe through the comic and read Rowson's work unaided. But by
tapping on the screen, the reader calls up a menu bar that displays the
signpost icon that launches the Behind the Seen Reader. There Rowson's puns,
games, and jokes are further illuminated by scholar Mike Barsanti, who pulls
together a museum's worth visual and literary allusions using the vast
resources of the web. Readers can also pose questions to the authors and
debate the work in the in-app discussion section.

Rowson's The Waste Land "Seen" is the second offering from Throwaway Horse,
creators of the Ulysses "Seen" website and iPad app. As with Ulysses "Seen",
Throwaway Horse hopes that this project will help preserve interest in this
challenging but essential work of art using the best functionality of the iPad.


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Here is a description I sent to the TSE list some time back:

Martin Rowson:
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Martin Rowson created a comic book version of "The Waste Land" in
1990.  This is a melting together of Eliot's poem, Raymond Chandler's
"The Big Sleep" and Dashiell Hammett's "The Maltese Falcon."
The detective hero is Chris Marlowe, an allusion to the poet and
playwright, Christopher Marlowe, and to Chandler's fictional P.I.,
Philip Marlowe.  Also intended is an allusion to Joseph Conrad's
recurring character, Marlow, as Conrad makes a cameo appearance
in the comic.  There are other appearances by Tom and Viv Eliot,
Pound, Yeats, Dante, Elizabeth and Leicester and more.

Rowson, like Eliot, has included notes to "The Waste Land."  This gem
is in there, quoting William Empson's inaugural lecture as Professor
of English at Sheffield:
   I was rather pleased one year in China when I had a course on modern
   poetry, The Waste Land and all that, and at the end a student wrote
   in a most friendly way to explain why he wasn't taking the exam.
   It wasn't that he couldn't understand The Waste Land , he said,
   in fact after my lectures the poem was perfectly clear; but it had
   turned out to be disgusting nonsense, and he had decided to join the
   engineering department. Now there a teacher is bound to feel solid
   satifisfaction; he is getting definite results.

I have gathered a few frames from Part V together and they can be
viewed for awhile at
    http://world.std.com/~raparker/temp/rowson.jpg
The image isn't the clearest as I wanted to keep the file size down.
Only a portion of the last frame is shown but I've managed to squeeze
in Rowson's take on "Murmur of maternal lamentation."

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