Summer 1979



Summer 1979

Table of Contents


At the Crossroads of Time: Types of Simultaneity in Literature and Film

Keaton Through the Looking-Glass

Profaned and Stenciled Texts; In Search of Pynchon’s “V”

Sparrows and Scholars: Literary Criticism and the Sanctification of Data

The “Found” in Contemporary Poetry

The View from Space: Notes on Space Exploration and Recent Writing


I Dated Jane Austen

Sleepy Time Gal

The Four Seasons



For Some of Us

Graffiti for a Particle Accelerator

Mark Twain and the Anxiety of Entertainment

Morning-Gift, Morning-Glory, Morning Gown & Sandpaper, Sandpiper, Sandpit

Nobody’s Perfect & The Light in Our Bodies



Prayer Service in an English Church

The Autobiography & My Children’s Book

The Child’s Dream

The Concert for Bangladesh

The Corner

Toung Women at Chartres

Water on the Highway

Woman: A Mirror


Portraits of Modern Masters


Charles Olsen and His Forces (on A Guide to the Maximus Poems of Charles Olson by George F. Butterick; Charles Olson: Call Him Ishmael by Paul Christensen; Olson’s Push: Origin, Black Mountain and Recent American Poetry by Sherman Paul; &Charles Olson: The Scholar’s Art by Robert von Hallberg)

Defending the Humanities (on Literature Against Itself: Literary Ideas in Modern Society by Gerald Graff)

on America’s Great Illustrators by Susan E. Meyer

on F. R. Leavis: Judgment and the Discipline of Thought by Robert Boyers

on Life Among Others by Daniel Halpern; The Late Hour by Mark Strand; Kicking the Leaves by Donald Hall; Tread the Dark by David Ignatow; & The Year of Our Birth by Sandra McPherson

on Speaking of Stendhal by Storm Jameson

Refelections on John Fowles’s “The Magus” and the Construction of Reality (on The Magus: A Revised Version by John Fowles)

Shields, Ruins, and Togus: Old Literary History (on Dr. Woodward’s Shield: History, Science and Satire in Augustan England by Joseph M. Levine; Ruins and Empire: The Evolution of a Theme in Augustan and Romantic Literature by Laurence Goldstein; & Augustus Caesar in “augustan” England: The Decline of a Classical Norm by Howard D. Weinbrot)