>PS* "`I grow old... I grow old... I shall wear the bottoms of my >trousers >rolled.` What does that mean, Mr.Marlowe?" "Not a bloody thing. It just >sounds good." He smiled. "That is from the `Love Song of J. Alfred >Prufrock.` Here's another one. `In the room women come and go/Talking of >Michael Angelo.' Does that suggest anything to you, sir?" Yeah -- it >suggests to me that the guy didn't know very much about women." "My >sentiments exactly, sir. Nonetheless I admire T. S. Eliot very much." >"Did you say, 'nonetheless'?" This passage by Raymond Chandler is from "The Long Goodbye". There's another allusion to Eliot in the same work, which was also quoted in the below cartoon parody. "Then there is the pale, pale blonde, with anaemia of some non-fatal but incurable type. She is very languid and very shadowy and speaks softly out of nowhere and you can't lay a finger on her because in the first place you don't want to and in the second place, she is reading The Waste Land or Dante in the original, or Kafka or Kierkegaard or studying Provencal...." >====================================================== >There's a Chandler-like parody of The Waste Land done >in cartoon style. It's really quite a masterfl piece of work. >Forget the title off hand. > Indeed, it is. The Waste Land, by Martin Rowson (writer and illustrator), Edward Burlingame/Harper & Row, 1990. It even has a section of notes at the end, which themselves are masterful parodies, and pointers to other parodies. Some examples, chosen for their relevance to our list: I The Burial of the Dead Frame 2 "For 'dried Tuba', read 'dried tuber' throughout Frame 17 V. Julian Sykes Wolsey's 1935 poem, "On a Bus with J. Alfred Prufrock": In the room the women came and went Talking of Vermeer of Ghent In the room the women take a hike Talking of Jan van Eyck In the room the women catch a bus Talking of Walter Gropius In the room the women leave by train Talking of Michaelangelo again Also of interest is the minimalist poet D. N. Eva's I knew a man called T.S. Eliot Who wanted to write the "Waist Land" but couldn't spelliot II A Game of Chess Frame 36 One is reminded here of W. H. Auden's memorable near- palindrome: "T. Eliot, top bard, notes putrid tang emanating: I'd assign it a name, gnat dirt upset on a drab pot toilet." III The Fire Sermon Frames 26 Cf. Isaac Guillespie's "Eliot with an Angelus, Pound with a Fasces" from Waiting at the Archduke's (1934) Dada wouldn't buy me a Bauhaus Dada wouldn't buy me a Bauhaus Vortecism and De Stijl Only make me feel quite ill And I'd rather have a Bau bau Haus Frame 33 "The Chalice from the Palace" Cf. The Court Jester starring Danny Kaye. The Holy Grail should not be confused with Mrs. Llewellyn Lockridge Grayle in Farewell My Lovely. Frame 98 Carthage, California. Not to be confused with Carthage, Montana or Carthage, Texas IV Death by Water During the filming of The Big Sleep, Bogart asked the director of the picture the significance of the dead chauffeur in the Packard dredged out of the ocean. Not knowing the answer, the director asked the scriptwriters. Equally in the dark, they phoned Chandler, who'd forgotten. V What the Thunder Said In the first part of Chapter 3 three themes are employed: the journey from The Treasure of Sierra Madre, the sound effects at the beginning of Finnegan's Wake, and images from the Tex Avery classic "What's Buzzin' Buzzard" Frames 1-10 The absence here of a previously dominant figure in the Eliot version is indicative of how far we've come. Cf. Nietzsche, Die Froehliche Wissenschaft. Also, McLuhan and Bakunin. Frame 14 In fact, rather than being a Turdus aonalaschkae pallasii, the bird shown here is a Turdus philomelos. One presumes that Eliot could equally well have employed the symbolism of say, a rock hopper penguin at this point. Cf. Kevin Killane, The Bestiary: Zoos, Zoo Animals and the Weltschmerz (Pathfinder, 1982) Frame 48 The goat here is probably a misreading of "boat". V. Thomas of Celano: Inter oves locum praesta Et ab haedis me sequestra Statuens in parte dextra Frame 52 "Le Prince d'Aquitaine a la tour abolie". V. El Desdichado by Gerard de Nerval. De Nerval kept a pet lobster which he would take for walks on a leash in the Bois de Boulogne. When asked why, he replied, "It does not bark, and knows the secrets of the sea".