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Elon Musk’s T.S. Eliot Tweet Explained

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CR

On Mon, Aug 27, 2018 at 7:22 PM Nancy Gish <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Dear Gene,
>
> I'm sure it does not matter at all. I was merely noting that a great many
> rather doubtful attempts were being made to explain the poem, without
> either knowing much OR recognizing what you point to.
> Nancy
>
> On Mon, Aug 27, 2018 at 7:10 PM, [log in to unmask] <
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>> Does it matter if/what read?  And isn't all this secondary talk secondary
>> to the rhythm and the enticement to think of Eliot's lines.  Like the
>> Middle Ages, few may have grasped what was said, but the sensation is
>> there.  And in this age of the cellphone-addled, and the incoherent
>> agitated leadership, is it not most pleasing to find words causing some to
>> ponder?  Besides, who knows which volumes lurk in the boardrooms of banks,
>> or on the Gulfstreams of the captains of industry?
>>
>> Sent from the streets of New York
>>
>> On Aug 27, 2018, at 11:47 AM, Nancy Gish <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>
>> P. S. Why do I rather doubt that Elon Musk has read the Dante and/or
>> Tennyson poems and the long section of the poem in the Facsimile or the
>> letters between Eliot and Pound--and meant to invoke them?
>>
>> On Mon, Aug 27, 2018 at 11:43 AM, Nancy Gish <[log in to unmask]>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> This is the first commentary I saw.  The remarks are all sort of
>>> speculative and subjective. But it is interesting that it has made so much
>>> discussion. Nancy
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> https://slate.com/business/2018/08/elon-musk-tweets-t-s-eliots-the-waste-land-but-why.html
>>>
>>> On Mon, Aug 27, 2018 at 10:50 AM, Rick Parker <[log in to unmask]>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>> On Sat, 25 Aug 2018 22:44:37 -0400, Chanan Mittal <[log in to unmask]>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> >Out of Time
>>>> >By Kevin D. Williamson
>>>> >NATIONAL REVIEW
>>>> >August 23, 2018
>>>> >
>>>> https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/08/elon-musk-seeks-solace-in-ts-eliot-poetry/
>>>>
>>>> Sorry CR I have not yet read the article. My desktop system is
>>>> desperately in need of an upgrade as my browser is incapable of displaying
>>>> more and more webpages and I can't get a new browser without upgrading the
>>>> OS and [long story omitted.]
>>>>
>>>> I had submitted a different Musk/Phelbas webpage a few days ago but it
>>>> didn't take because due to some glitch I got unsubscribed from the TSE list
>>>> and early attempts to rectify the problem were unsuccessful. I should be
>>>> fine now. And here, from a notes log I entered it into, is what I tried to
>>>> send:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Added: Wed Aug 22 12:09:12 EDT 2018
>>>> Date: 20180822120912
>>>>
>>>> First a bit of background. Iain Banks wrote fiction. When he wrote
>>>> science fiction the books bore the name Iain M. Banks instead. Iain M.
>>>> Banks wrote a series of science fiction books, the Culture series, about an
>>>> interstellar civilization. The first book in the series was titled
>>>> "Consider Phlebas" and a later one "Look to Windward" where the names
>>>> obviously refer to Part 4 of Eliot's "The Waste Land." Elon Musk of Tesla,
>>>> SpaceX and the Boring Project is a fan of Banks; he named two of his
>>>> spacecraft after ships in the Culture series. Yesterday (8/21) Musk tweeted
>>>> "Read Eliot’s notes on The Waste Land https://t.co/2SSsHiJmiO
>>>> pic.twitter.com/uToAi4kBi1"
>>>>
>>>> Now there are a number of pages out on the web trying to explain what
>>>> he means. One on the Breitbart website I consider to be worth your time to
>>>> read (although the publisher and page title might put you off.)
>>>>
>>>> https://www.breitbart.com/economics/2018/08/21/deathbywater/
>>>> Understanding Elon Musk’s Tweet Quoting T.S. Eliot’s ‘Death by Water’
>>>> Elon Musk returned to Twitter Tuesday with a command and poetry.
>>>> By John Carney
>>>> 21 Aug 2018
>>>>
>>>> Regards,
>>>>    Rick Parker
>>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
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