things of little relevance

Everyone needs an iPod. You do not need an iPod. Memorize poetry instead.
April 4, 2009, 10:23 am
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I always get really excited whenever I see Jim Holt’s byline. This was wonderful! Absolutely wonderful!

“Nor, as I have found, will memorizing poetry make you more popular. Rather the reverse. No one wants to hear you declaim it. Almost no one, anyway. I do have one friend, a Wall Street bond-trader, who can’t get enough of my recitations. He takes me to the Grand Havana Cigar Club, high above Midtown Manhattan, and sits rapt as I intone, “The unpurged images of day recede. . . .” He calls to one of the stunningly pretty waitresses. “Come over here and listen to my friend recite this Yeats poem.” Oh dear.”

I’m going to start with “Spring and Fall” and work my way up to “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.”


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Great article, indeed. I saw it this morning. Though I doubt it will have a significant impact. I was, for example, quite saddened that Thursday’s reading drew only friends/students/former colleagues. Isn’t this supposed to be an academic community with a “vibrant interest in the arts,” whatever that means? Alas!

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