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Ezra Pound called literature “news that STAYS news”*, comparing Homer (whom he re-read assiduously), to detective novels (which could be reread only because they had been instantly forgotten). We read a lot of Dick Tracy, and sometimes we find the odd gray-eyed Athena wandering the dark streets. If you do, too, feel free to drop us a line and join in.

Pound goes on to suggest some desirable traits in a critic, by the way, pointing out that “Pisanello painted horses so that one remembers the painting, and the Duke of Milan sent him to BUY horses…Pisanello had to LOOK at horses.” It is to be conceded, however, that youth is one of the few character flaws that remedies itself.

*ABC of Reading (1934)



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