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. 


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:

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 Hope you all get the chance to read the as yet unpublished manuscript on Poems 1920.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.


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:

Rest in Peace, Guy.
Your poorer student,
Ken Armstrong

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