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Grateful thanks, Ken, for so kindly sharing Guy Story Brown's posts on
"Ultimate Burbank." I look forward most eagerly to read them. Exceedingly
kind of you.

Regards,
CR

On Wednesday, October 21, 2015, Ken Armstrong <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> Pete, Peter, CR,
> Thanks for your kind and cogent observations. CR, you can if you like read
> the Ultimate Burbank posts at this web address:
>
> http://www.olpossumstse.com/
>
> You can tell by looking at it that it's my site, unfinished and
> unorganized; I had to Google it to find it (no webmaster certificate in my
> future, Rickard). Also by Guy at that site under the link "ASG" are his
> notes on After Strange Gods, which in effect give the context necessary for
> understanding that piece.
>
> Peter, Eric Thompson was to me what McLuhan was to you, and in fact it was
> the former's teaching that opened the way for me to see and value the
> latter. In early 1998 when I subscribed to this listserv, it was in part in
> hopes that another voice existed "out there" as accomplished and sure as
> Thompson's on Eliot. I had given that idea up when in May Guy appeared on
> the subject of "Burbank with a Baedeker: Bleistein with a Cigar", and I'm
> afraid my ecstatic surprise and awkward joy are recorded for heaven knows
> how long in the list's archives. Guy had the same sure grasp of what really
> mattered in Eliot, what he was really up to, as Thompson did, and unlike
> Thompson, had a will to publish.
>
> At least that's how I saw it and see it. They occupy the same deep Eliotic
> territory, and now there will be no further reports from that front from
> either of them, though I hope Guy's manuscript of "Appreciations of the
> Early Masterpieces" will still find the light of publication. And I hope
> this doesn't simply sound like blathering. Guy's books on Shakespeare are
> more than worth the price of admission, and for me his book on Calhoun's
> Disquisition on Government made government really make sense for the first
> time in my life. Context and discerning context was what he was about, and
> no real insight exists without it.
>
> I leave it alone now. Still a bit stunned, again. Hope you all get the
> chance to read the as yet unpublished manuscript on Poems 1920. Of course
> there might be others; Guy, like Eliot, was one of those driven people who
> produce more in one lifetime than most of us can imagine in three or four.
> Thanks for indulging my message.
>
> Ken A
>
>
> On 10/21/2015 2:27 AM, P wrote:
>
>> Ken I have some sense of how important his work on Eliot is to you,  and
>> I offer you condolences for the loss of such a presence in your own
>> thinking & work. We should all have such inspirational guides in our work,
>> just as McLuhan was & is for me.
>>
>> The is a very impressive resume'. It would have been good to know him.
>>
>> Blessings,
>> Peter
>>
>> On 20 Oct 2015 5:52 pm, Ken Armstrong <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>
>>> I learned today that Guy Story Brown, former list member and man of many
>>> accomplishments, passed away this past July 30. I hardly know what to
>>> say about him, especially with so few current listers having been on the
>>> forum in 1998 when his "Ultimate Burbank" posts appeared -- except that
>>> I think now as then that he was the most accomplished reader of Eliot,
>>> and radically so, that the world has produced. It is a detail that the
>>> world does not yet know it, but that will change, as he might have put
>>> it, "in due time."
>>>
>>> There are of course obituaries on the Net, but this one was produced by
>>> his family if any of you are interested in seeing it:
>>>
>>> http://www.guystorybrown.com/
>>>
>>> Rest in Peace, Guy.
>>> Your poorer student,
>>> Ken Armstrong
>>>
>>
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