Saturday, July 15, 2006

T.S. Eliot redux

Found this take-off on Eliot's poem, modified to apply to Lebanon, not Moussaoui.

We can't fix electricity in our own country,
But we know what's good for Gaza

We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men

Shape without form, shade without color,
Paralyzed force, gesture without motion;

This is the way Lebanon ends
Not with a bang but a whimper

This nihilistic little snip claims to come from a US writer, but the comment thread reveals a cosmopolitan mixture of input. Whoever it is is well-informed and has a wide and intelligent following. Numerous comments in French. I didn't take time to plow through them.

Judge Leonie Brinkema gave new life to old wine when she alluded to Eliot's poem. I don't know anything about her, but with this subtle reference she (or one of her clerks) strikes me as a model of sparkling erudition.

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