Hi Gang - I guess I'll add to the intro thread. My interest in Eliot
started when I first read the Prufrock poem about 10 years ago, and his
poetry has been a companion since. Eliot has been a good tool for me in my
efforts to learn English as my second language as well as to understand the
modern Western civilization. Reading Eliot also led me to a fascination with
mythology and I have grown more and more aware of the similar patterns
between the myths of western world and the myths and legends of China, where
I was born and raised (and was once a Red Guard).
When I am not playing a latent academic I make cameo appearances as a
software engineer at NeXT Computer Inc. writing object oriented software
frameworks. I wrote the original proposal for, and I am one of the primary
engineers working on NeXT's WebObjects framework at the moment
(http://www.next.com/WebObjects/Welcome.html) -- a product which I believe
will forever change the way people use the web. I like to flip through the
pages of "Selected Poems of T. S. Eliot" and Goethe's "Faust" while waiting
for my code to compile at work.
I have a pseudo Eliot page at http://www.next.com/~bong/eliot/index if you
wish to stop by. It's got some funny parodies of Prufrock, a lot of badly
spelled words, and some quotes from Raymond Chandler about an anemic blonde
and "The Waste Land."
Thanks to Greg and Tim for starting the mailing list.