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Life imitates art

March 18, 2012

You got it, Tom

Does this sound familiar?

You cannot say, or guess, for you know only
A heap of broken images, where the sun beats,
And the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief …

I will show you fear in a handful of dust.

(T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land, 1922)

Now, 90 years later, the dust is here:

Only it’s not just a handful. It’s “mass-generated”:

And April — “the cruellest month,” Eliot called it — is only days away.

Brace yourselves.

(c) 2012 David Ritchie

David Ritchie posts from Seoul, Korea. Email:




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