In all the banter which you evoked (unwittingly I'm sure) Ken, I saw no reference to Eliot's little essay on Marie Lloyd, which provides a pretty definitive view of Eliot's high regard for the music hall, esp. its moral dimension. See Selected Essays. I wonder if Mr. Muldoon was/is/will be aware of it.
Ken Armstrong <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Watching? Was there video? What did you think of the idea of regarding TWL as a night at a music hall? I thought, given Eliot's professed enjoyment of music hall entertainment, that it was an appealing idea, but I don't see it getting past the first line of poem. There are certainly some 'characters' in TWL, but Phlebas floating decomposing, the peace that passeth understanding, the undertow of broken lives throughout -- it just doesn't feel like the hearty kind of raucousness or comic sentiment that I imagine a music hall setting might support. ????
[log in to unmask]" type="cite">Watching and listening to Muldoon on Eliot and The Waste Land is like being machine-gunned with the silver bullets of sparkling, original and apparently spontaneous ideas, from an apparently bottomless store of ammunition.
I do think that the journalist responsible for this interview report fails completely to convey anything like this.
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On 18 Oct 2013, at 01:19, Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote: