The introduction is full of spoilers. Read it last.
Writer and software engineer in the US Midwest. I enjoy poetry, horror, some f/sf, some mystery, some literary fiction (but not the kind where the main character is a professor and nothing happens).
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I admire the poetry of Edward Estlin Cummings, but his Charles Eliot Norton “nonlectures” make me think less of him as a person. It’s easy for a Harvard grad who grew up in a family that owned not one but two summer homes to speak scornfully of (his scare quotes) “security.” A child whose parents regularly had to choose between rent and groceries might see a closer relationship between security and the freedom EEC so valued.
“You have been brought up to believe that… each seeming solidity is a collection of large holes — and, in the case of a house, the larger the holes the better; since the principle function of a modern house is to admit whatever might otherwise remain outside.”
How times have changed since 1923!