Hi Nancy (and everyone else involved in this thread),
Somebody just emailed me to notify me about this discussion and suggested I take a look. I'm glad to see that my article has provoked interaction, and would just like to clarify a few things:
First of all, I think it important to note that the piece I wrote is not a paper in any academic sense, so it doesn't purport to have scholarly aims. Which isn't to say this forecloses rigorous thinking, but that the amount of space and intended audience for the piece limited the degree to which I could include a thorough and well-substantiated argument regarding the texts in question. I would have liked to include more quotes from "The Three Voices" -- for instance, your point on whether or not Eliot is interested in difference is one which I could have supported better had I the space to quote Eliot at greater length. Then again, I am not an Eliot specialist or scholar by any means and leave room for disagreement on this point.
I am surely tapping into the symptom, which you observe, of "evaluating a text (or anything) based on how it makes one feel" as rhetorical device, in order to speak to an audience which I assume is not necessarily interested in Eliot's work. This is perhaps a misapprehension on my part, considering the amount of attention the article has received from close readers of T.S. Eliot. So I would like to emphasize that this emphasis on my subjective position is essentially a journalistic and rhetorical device which I employed quite self-consciously. I rarely observe, in my own writing or in that of others, significant use of subjective or emotive positioning in academic papers or in class discussion. I hope this somewhat allays any concerns you might have about young students of literature resorting to subjective positions in academic work.
Perhaps the question at heart is whether or not journalistic articles like this one, which tread the line between academic inquiry and op-ed, or personal commentary, should be aligned more with personal viewpoint, or more with scholarly distance. I've only just started writing for the Daily so I will consider this issue going forward. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.