"The Last Fish Tale - The fate of the Atlantic and our Disappearing Fisheries"
- Some may care to listen to Mark Kurlansky interviewed about his new book about a town made of fish: Bolger's Gloucester
Interesting... are Kippling's "Captains Courageous", or Elliot's "The Wasteland" on PCB's bookshelf I wonder? When interviewed by John Freeman, Kurlansky said "It's such a typical Gloucester story"... that the most important poem of the 20th century would be written about Gloucester only to have the Gloucester part cut... Freeman's interesting review here http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25002686-5001986,00.html )
The Last Fish Tale. http://books.google.com.au/books?id=cXDOZl7PqU0C
> ...are Kippling's "Captains Courageous", or Elliot's "The Wasteland" on PCB's bookshelf I wonder?Phil Bolger and Susanne Altenburger - Feb 9/09 letter to editor on fishing industry sustainability
Mark Kurlansky has been in the local news too over the past few years. Here's two stories:
A Fish Tale, subjectively http://www.gloucestertimes.com/archivesearch/local_story_154232454.html
A penny drops. Parataxis. The late TFJ.
A long time ago - maybe half a century - TFJ, like so many others of a literary bent, as an enthused student used to visit Ezra Pound in St Elizabeths lunatic asylum. I could not quite get what or why he wrote of PCB as being reminiscent of Ezra Pound in conversation: the way he assertively jumped about, hard to keep up with, not quite freely associating; leaping to, linking from, conjoining places from beyond the horizon on a cognitive landscape in such a way as to leave the listener breathless. In Bolger's case a wonderfully enlightening ride. In Pound's... in St Elizabeths... madness? Why'd he bring Pound into it? Both speakers no doubt letting rip when they got going, aware, articulate, animated. So too would be many others with whom to compare PCB in conversation in his home.
Went right past me.
"The Waste Land" - Ezra Pound/T S Elliot - Boston brahmin connection to Gloucester now has me wondering, was the latent literary TFJ drawing other similarities between the two besides their in full flight conversational personae? Their literary style? Many may have a somewhat similar conversational style, yet how few write paratactic syntax so well, so much, SO notably; asyndetic coordination too. Bolger goes the semi-colon much; more the comma, while reserving the conjunction for infrequent function. In fact Bolger on heeling, Bolger on water ballast, Bolger on sharpie water flow, etc, may fragment to where-ever, may skip the comma _with the period_ to other chapters of other books of others' even! Jones had great admiration. Said he made it look kind'a easy, parsimony. It's not.