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JUGI:FOUVR:M,

TM I . D LY

SU~hbAY, APRI~L 22, 1923

SVN DAY,, AltAIL, -2 2'Y"I 9

TI-lE MIC-141 RN DAJEY

A Poet Writes A' Novel

BLACKGUARD, by Maxwell Boden- ROBERT LOCKE . Finally they strike upon a propo-
helmCovll~.M~eeUbicge. 2.0 sition which Carl. states, " i have a
A !propae, hiag. 2.0osition to make to you,' he said.
There has been quite a lot of dis- ing good, so far as I can see, is just through the city and into the country pp11 live together withoou, ching
cussion, in literary review sheets, con- pretending that you like to do the where he was found the following' each other and each of us will be the
cerning the rather blatant blurbs with things that you dont want to do. morning by a school teacher on her monk and nun that he should have
which publishers plaster.the dust cov- . . . The boy with Carl died upon way to her school. been. I am. a ghost who wants to re-
ers of their publications. "No novel the bed in his room and the fumbling, Following this episode, he struck turn to life and you are a living person
like this has ever been written be- stiffly vindictive beginning of a man his father during an introspective fit who wants to go back to the ghost
fore", "Remarkable stories, two of rose and walked into the street, with of madness, for which he was thrown that was kicked into an insincere'
them the most remarkable that have an evil smile petrifying the softness into jail. He was able, however, to ritual of flesh. We'll erect a unique
ever been written", "One of the great of his face. In this emotional birth he persuade the doctor that he had a monastary of thought and emotion,
novels of the decade", and "The mod- became to himself a huge black crim- nervous breakdown and so was allow- and pay for it with the slavery of your
ern Don Quixote," all stare up from, inal staggering beneath the weight of ed to again gosfree. A short time after hands or mine.. Will you live with
multi-hued jackets at the visitor in a unreleased plots, and he derived an this he went south to visit a rich uncle me in this fashion?'
bookstore, which seems to displease, angry joy from this condition, revell- and for a while one is afraid that, "yes, if only to see whether it can
some of the more aesthetic book re- ing in the first guilty importance that with a rich uncle, Bodenheim is going be done," she answered instantly.:
viewers. They have yodelled about it had invaded his meekly repressed life. to end his story with a sweeping bow 1,Now, this has been but a rough
so long and so loudly that some of the "With the inquisitive grin of one to the Great American Public. But physical summary of the story. The
theplendid aertingh ofi te blurb who is quite convinced that he isa he only uses the uncle and his family book gives it, however, in a sparkling
thae startedd.se sing o the b 'embryonic monster, he arose at five as one more snstitut'on for which to sort of way with a delicious mixture
have started sending out their review- oclock on the next morning, stole into show Carl's contempt. of the physical with the introspective
formation such as, name, author,- the bedroom of his sleeping parents, Here, in this southern city he met psychology of this strange rascal. It
ublisher and sales rice filled in with r pilfered fifteen dollars from the trou- another woman, one of the streets, is well balance in almost all ways ex-
p ubbser ap.d sers of his father, and took the train who in her own environs was called except that one is hardly prepared for
Prbersa mIhaeto a distant city, where he enlisted in Crazy Georgie May. Her reasons for Carl's reaction to the death of the
-Personally I have always enjoyed the United States Army." plying her trade were that, "They give actress. If I may be allowed a con-
theblurbs. They are interesting when e money for whiskey and leisurejecture,which is most likely absolu-
they are considered as expressions of 'In the army he was able to suppres, tme in whi skey rad eieete ,
the superlative.. I have, however, al- his emotions by hard physical 'work. tinme in which I can read. I've never tely wrong, I would say that Boiden-
the'spraie ae oeea- i mtosb adpyia ok been able to find a simpler way of get- helm has seen fit to cut a section
ways tried to remain chaste from their When got out he again worked at hard ben able toind a simpl way o get hei m hs oit. cutetion
insidious tentacles, but now I find my- manual labor. During this time he tn these things. . All that I want bodily " from his book. Surely the af-
self balked by them. "Blackguard", attempted very little poetry and that rto do is :todpray to my thoughts. witi fair with antazius Mallare," has not
'by Maxwell Bodenhelni (Covici- which he did :turn out was not at all apprapriae words, and I pay for the frightened thea publishers. But in l
Mcee cme i astrtin oanesatisfactory. After a year of this lie ..granting "of " this wish ......other cases the' author has seemied to
McGee) comes in a startling orange icr. ya hiBut I think that I was born to be- a have prepared everything with such
and black cover for which Ben Hecht returned home, -where he' was cooly Inun. ,,(Continued on Page Eight)i
and Llewellyn Jones have written the welcomed on the promise that he banun.
blucbs. What is left after they have would im1mediately go to work. Be IB
said, ". . . Bodenheims style is in.- found a job as an assistant to a lines-
candescent' His phrases ,rise like a man for a telephone'company. Peter-
slow flight of Chinese lanterns-His. , thie'ian with whom he was work-
first novel is the poignant somersault 'ing'inftodued birnto a girl. Between r
of a poet's soul through the modern the work and the girl he succeeded -
scene"? ~in' suppressing his' impulse to write, I* Take" on~e -riding~ habit,- addacneilcmain n
Sine I until he found'himself jogging along mix with two of Mullison's saddle' h'oses. Take in the
that they have said I shall haveybut in an'unfamiliar rut. He was bumped open air, in oneor two hour doses, as needed.
e a he a out,-however, byythe osing of his job -
to expand them, at the end of the sumer and a sdeci. THE NULLISON STABLES
on second thought, I shall. have .to
limit them. In their existent condi- ,ion by the girl's parents that' he, -,.PhOne $4
tion they seem rather intagiible. The . . meant no goody by her". ..P ne8
rays of glory reach too high for the His next job was as a plumbers as-!=
range our our vision which gives sistant. During this period le began -
them a bit too ethereal quality. to send his poetry out to various pub- ;--
The story is the development of a lications. This availed him nothing4
cold disillusioned sort of person into but a collection of rejection slips; un-
a poet. As a boy Carl was called "the til one day a new poetry magazine
poet-laureatso utf room siteen". Hi sent hin' a letter asking him to call
English teachers were pleasantly sur- at their office. In this office he met
prised by' his attempts and it was from Caayssngcrts cy hoede N A T A
them that his impulse received its a ys n r s ay w
first stimulus. His plagiarisms and him some of his mistaken and hamper- B A N K ,
imitations suffered, however, through ing ideas concerning poetry. This
a' rather long' period"because of thd ended-his 'attempts--to subdue his' in-' ORG ANIZED 1863
conception taught in the schools (when tellectual being by strenuous physical , ,---------.--
anything concerning poetry is really work.
taught) that "poetry is something that He got himself a place clerking in
must be ethereal and noble at any a tobacco< shop for half days while he
costs." i wrbte poetry and itet the more bohe-'
The misunderstanding of his par- mian artists, poets and writers. One 7
en an n ~oe wng' their suba- after another 'of these people are pic '
ints and school-fellows and their sub tared in a manner which clearly
sequent tauntings soon made.pregnant shovs Bodenheim's keen observatory
a very deep and absolute introspec-shows.oCim'sken love. wtone
tion. By the time that he graduated f his Crlua. in ove w onall
from the high .school he had develop- of this group. She procured asmall - :: OL'DEST BANK IN ANN ARBOR :: ::
e thisnt osectiveas almost liketsuo pany and left the city. A short while' OLDEST NATIONAL BANK IN MICHIGAN
individuals, impetuous boy and a later she was killed in an accident,
somewhat biased observer. When he the news of which so shocked Carl
iradu t4d from hi h school be :wante taat he broke down and wandered .

Two Weeks of Campus Damatics
Before Easter I had' a friend froml A REVIEW BY ROBERT BARTON snorted-or
the north visiting me for several j whoralthou
weeks. Being from a lonely frozen to a Tarkington comedy. Somehow I interpretation can be pardoned as long phisolophy
village at the end of nowhere it was 1 there has grown up on the campus i as the production is consistent and hisy"Jack's
deemed correct to initiate hii into a feeling that anything Professor Hol- beautiful and consistently beautiful. "V'\Tte the
the. marvels of campus histrionic ge- lister does is unworthy of attention; Finally, there was this Kreymborg seem so m
nius. And it so happened that there a Chimes article referred to his work play, this "Vote the New Moon." My they are r:
were many, far too many, opportuni- as "a futile bid for popularity"; all %f friend from the north merely sat back are preseni
ties during the frenzied weeks before which is manifestly unfair and even! and gasped. A French instructor at fiting a m
midsdmesters. First, there was the insulting, particularly if "Clarence" is my right swore that the man was evening by
Junior Girl's Play, then "Clarence", to be considered. Professor Hollis- either crazy or playing a practical venture the
the Ypsilanti Players, "Mr. Pi 'ter's productions are always sincere: joke. A spinster in front of me indig-, of the stuff
Passes By", and finally Mr. Kreym- efforts, and the drama course which nantly remarked that there were ten
borg's odd 'little skit called, 'Vote the he is instituting, a thino that should thousand students on the campus-who John Gals
New Moon." Of course, no sane per- have been started years ago, is re- could have done better. Personally, of a comple
son would have attempted to. attend ceiving enthuiastic support. however, I am willing to say that the fished in I
so 'many uroductions, but, my friend In considering the Ypsilanti Players play itself was a delightful bit of Marrot has
being theatre-starved and I being we had better forget my friend. I took satire and the production one of the Englnd to
theatre-triad, e stuck together and him to their production at the Mimes most original and daring I have ever formation a
lived through then all. Theatre, and of course he liked the'! seen in Ann Arbor. can edition
Naturally it goes without saying performance very much, but I prefer But there is no middle ground. One and drama
that the poor fellow knew nothing of to consider their season as. a whole must either consider Mr. Kreymborg stage of lit
the correct opinions about campus instead. In the Players' five monthly a fool and a madman-"singing of copies of h
d'ra'niatics. Now it so happened that productions, they have presented fif-1 ducks and mud puddles!" the old maid writings ha
he had seen the latest Union Opera, teen one-act plays, five of which were
and when he also saw the Junior given their first production on any
Girl's Play he at once remarked the stage, and eleven of which were by
latter superiority. Of course, I had American authors; surely an admir-
my own prejudices about the two abld record. It is unnecessary to speak
musical comedies. Obviously, it is of the unusually high tenor of the s
hardly to..be denied that "Jane. Climbs acting, for with only a few exceptions
a tlo~intain" was' the' better. There not a single. characterization could' be
was a certain freshness, a wholesome called overdone, another remarkable ad y er
satire, a lack of the Broadway flavor' feat for amateurs.. However, the real-
that easily compensated for the ily individual achievement to me was that it's a gOOd 1
techanical blunders. But therein lies the setting. Here was a twenty four-.
the danger: pardon me bitt thisbu4I- foot. dtag p'vitl"a .eight by n p'ro-, st ait savingS RC
ness of pleasing' the public . . . I, ceniu mounting 'convincingly'aplays-*
too, can remember when theUtnion that called for anythinig from the mid-W« h i e 1 n S c h
Opera was as oiiginal, and clever~xln ille of 'the aceafi to imy lady's chamber
the days of "Fool's Paradise" and with such divergent scenes as Heaven
"Contrary Mary" and further back and a- hillside, a but and an English-
still. But then came the greater pub-' man's library in between.
lic, the road, the mob that could not The next campus production was
tIaderstand campus allusions, and thus Professor Nelson's "Mr. Pim Passes,
S. . "In and Out." One must mot be By". I omit the':.name of the author
pessimistic, but there lies tle danger. advisedly, for, fortunately or unfor-
Sooil the Junior Girl's Play will also tunately .according 'to your point ofd
start to please the road, soon the view, 1iMr. Nelson's productions are "all
inexcusable mechanical faults' ill be ways decidedly his. If he has no STATE
obviated, but always at =the expense compunctions about' cutting: a n
of the inatecharm of the play itself; author's lines simply because they do r'A
and befatue of this, perhaps the not present a character as he desires, SAVINGSB.
JunlortGifl' have presented their best' one can 'reply that his verions are
musical' 'comedy. { always the kind that please the audi Main at Washingto:
And then came "Clarence." "Clar- ence. I recall that in "Pygmalion"%,
ence" wa excellent. My friend fro'm' tht Comedy Club production last year
the north waxed enthusiastic: "Clar- it was decided that Professor Higgins
ence" was great! I must admit that wasto'cruel, so several' of Shaw's'
I myself was surprised, first" at the most' telling' speeches,. the very essence
packed housd, then at the quality of of the play, it seemed to me, 'were
the productionilts'elf, and finally at the 1 omitted. But if the public prefors
complete lack of 'press notices. This their Professor Higgins .in a more!
last made me quite- excited, and sure- sentimental light, who, has a right to
ly if there had' not been important object? I
work to do, I should; have burst into [,Again, in this year'ss production
frenzied print about such silly snob-'{ George Marden has several callous
bery. I lines that made him appear quite de- G oss
At any rate, "Clarence" was really! spicabld. George, however, was the
good. The settings were not so bad;, hero of the play, and surely such a
the acting with two exceptions was l condition would never do. Thus, Milne
very remarkable and compared fav- was improved upon. . . . But the
orably with the professional produc- ,Comedy Club performance was really1 LW." Lep
tion, and best of all, the tempo of then delightfuil, and showed the many
entire performance was set at almost weeks of careful' preparation. And 4
farcical speed, an asset so necessary: after all, that is what counts: any
thIS cr
Having had our opening during vacation, we are extend- ?
ing an invitation to students to come and inspect our new home tI:

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his parents to send him to college,
but their financial position as pre-war
middle class Jews made it more feas-
ible that he go to work. In making
this decision his father condemned his
writing notions, "Writing is no busi-
ness for a strong sensibie boy!"
And to go on fro; this'point; "Carl
listened with a feeling of important
anger. Yes, they were probably right
in their commands and he would be a
scoundrol if he refuse to obey them
and rescue them from their poverty;
but-well, he preferred to be a scoun-
drel. 'Beyond a doubt I'm a lazy, un-
grateful wretch, and all that I care'
for is to put words together-that
seems to relieve me somehow-but
say, how about sticking to what I
ame' he asked himself. 'I know per-
fectly well that I'll never change, and
if I make a, liar out of the rest of my
life that wont make me any the less
guiTy. Besides, it's funny, but I don't
know whether I -want -to change
There's something satisfactory about
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