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Twitter and T.S. Eliot

January 4, 2012

On the anniversary today of poet T.S. Eliot’s death, his challenge about “penetrating to the core of the matter” is timely amid our growing addictions to the immediate – Facebook, Twitter, IPhones, etc (all of which I have/do):

“I am not myself very much concerned with questions of influence, or with the publicians who have impressed their names upon the public by catching the morning tide and rowing very far in the direction in which the current was flowing, but rather that there should always be a few writers preoccupied in penetrating to the core of the matter, in trying to arrive at the truth and to set it forth without too much hope, without ambition to alter the immediate course of affairs, and without being downcast or defeated when nothing appears to ensue.”

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