[lit-ideas] Re: Fwd: Re: Pound's treason

  • From: Adriano Palma <Palma@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 08:19:34 +0000

Hitker had catastrophic taste, from haircuts to music, with the cars somewhat 
between tubs of shit and tanks, a true nothing compared to guderian

From: lit-ideas-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:lit-ideas-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
Behalf Of Mike Geary
Sent: 14 February 2015 22:42
To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: Fwd: Re: Pound's treason

Yes, of course it came from the man, Omar, but no man is one dimensional, not 
even Hitler who was obsessed with Wagner.  Does that then damn all German 
Romantic music?  I try to avoid all biographical information about all artists 
of whatever stripe because I really don't give a damn who created a work of 
art, my only interest is the work itself.  I have always approached works of 
art this way.  All art should be signed simply "Artist".  If an artist feels 
compelled to voice his personal opinion about anything, I take it as having no 
more significance than my own opinions have upon the world.  The Devil can 
quote Scripture and he canwrite hopdodddledang poetry as well.  So saith I.

On Fri, Feb 13, 2015 at 8:24 PM, Omar Kusturica 
<omarkusto@xxxxxxxxx<mailto:omarkusto@xxxxxxxxx>> wrote:
How profound, didn't the art come from the man ?


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Mike Geary 
Date: Sat, Feb 14, 2015 at 3:19 AM
Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: Pound's treason
To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

Thanks for sending that, Robert.  The conflict between art and artist can be a 
sticky wicket, I agree -- especially when it concerns such serious moral 
questions as Pound's treason, but even in that case I say condemn the man, not 
his art -- his art in my encounter of it then belongs to me and my world. His 
crime does not.

On Fri, Feb 13, 2015 at 7:15 PM, Robert Paul 
<rpaul@xxxxxxxx<mailto:rpaul@xxxxxxxx>> wrote:
Lawrence quotes from Wikipedia.

In the late 1940s, when the poet Ezra Pound was incarcerated in St. Elizabeth’s 
Hospital on treason charges against the US, he corresponded with Mullins. In 
their correspondence, Mullins exclaimed "THE JEWS ARE BETRAYING US", in a 
letter written on Aryan League of America stationery.

Pound was never convicted of treason. He was found to be of unsound mind, 
incapable of understanding the court proceedings or of taking part in his own 
defense. Immediately after the trial he was taken to St Elizabeth's Hospital: 
'insane.' He remained there for twelve years. (The Federal prosecutors 
apparently did not present their case with much vigor.)

I believe the best account of what happened to Pound, after he was arrested by 
the US, in Italy, and ended
up in St Elizabeth's, is an article by Robert Wernick. But of course, that's 
only what I believe.


Robert Paul

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