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Topic: Trying (Futilely) To Keep Up
Posted by Everyman - 12:49:41 EST

A title convention here - initial caps across the board - collides with the imaginative use of letters by a poet, a man of letters.

The convention prevails, if not for very long.

I was introduced to t.s. eliot in college, I believe, and became almost an instant fan.

t.s. eliot

Eliot eliminated the capital letter from our midst decades before email came along to do the same.

Way ahead of his time, was t.s.

And apparently a pretty good guy, too.

"We used to stay at home and drink Drambuie and eat cheese and play Scrabble."

"He loved to win at cards, and I always made a point of losing by the time we went to bed."

Said Valerie Eliot, the second wife of T.S. Eliot. "He was made for marriage, he was a natural for it, a loving creature, and great fun, too." She died last week at the age of 86. He died in 1965 at the age of 76.

More than a bit of May/December in that marriage. I'll let you do the math.

"What Tom did like was vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce," she added. "He was eating it in a restaurant once and a man opposite said, 'I canít understand how a poet like you can eat that stuff.' Tom, with hardly a pause, said, 'Ah, but you're not a poet,' and went on eating."

As it happens, I have recently renewed my own acquaintance with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce, so I immediately shared that anecdote with TLOML, who provides me with that pleasure but invariably looks - or silently thinks; I know - askance.

No wonder I'm still a fan.

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