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    Dear stlukesguild:

    I have a question

    I know you admire Harold Bloom and think he is a great critic. So I have a question: what do you think of his approach to "anxiety of influence," "anatomy of influence," and his interpretation of the Western Canon? I personally happen to agree with most of what he says, while at the same time I disagree with his blanket condemnation of popular fiction.

    Also, would you think Tolkien deserves a place among the "great writers" such as Hugo, Dostoevsky, McCarthy, Milton, Tolstoy, Roth, Dickens, etc.? And is THE LORD OF THE RINGS a true literary classic, or is it, according to Harold Bloom, a mere overwritten "period piece"?

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    Ajvenigalla
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    For example I recently bought Ella Fitzgerald collected album with some Louis Armstrong tracks in there, but also listening some jazz classics, Parker, Davies, Miller etc, etc - maybe as a result of watching Woody Allen's after midnight (when the chess brain stops)!
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    Hi there, hope you are well, very nice to hear from you!! Good luck with the exhibition, I wish you well. I have another 4 1/2 weeks left and then I'm off for the summer break and really looking forward to it. Yes, I post here from time to time but really only check on the forum once or twice a month and really only as an after-thought, as I'm still very much focused on chess, giving many hours a day to it. Yes with the Beatles and Stones thing, well I really like them both! In the past I only liked the Stones and didn't much like the Beatles, but as I've aged I have grown to like the Beatles, especially the early albums like Hard Day's Night. However, of late I have been listening to jazz really more than most things...TBC.
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    Hi St. luke,

    Thank you for introducing me to some authors (Gabriel Marquez, Wallace Stevens, Geoffrey Hill, Cezar Vallejo, and Edmund Spenser are the ones I can think of now). I have really enjoyed these that I have found (I have some time since started to look at some of those authors that you praise interminably). Of these, I have read the Faerie Queene twice now. The others I have only read once. That is, I have read the collected, or many, poems of each and then two or three of Marquez's books. But that has been enough to convince me to keep them on my shelf and keep returning to them. Thank you again for recommendations!

    blu
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    I could use an advocate for higher education over at the Generating New Forms of Poetry thread. I've got two people who think degrees are worthless and in the humanities especially so.
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    Happy birthday.
    btw- I'm looking forward to the grand opening of Piano's Pavilion addition to the Kimbell at the end of this month

    https://www.kimbellart.org/architecture/piano-pavilion
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    Oh by the way, I was reading your art thread the other day, until I got distracted, very interesting, I will return to it later on.

    (Had an emotional/financial disaster here yesterday and I'm not quite myself, it involves the wife and a huge shopping bill. 1/4 of my bank balance wiped out, not happy.)
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    Oh right I will have a look, I've not seen it.
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    Would you like to vote in our Short Story Competition Final?

    http://www.online-literature.com/for...33#post1185033

    Many thanks.

    Scher
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