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Burning Gilded Hyacinths
Another of the University's Near-Graduates Enters the Field of Letters.
M E wi Pbcihr Pnl ac n Volume of nnretsz

This and That

What Price Plumes of Glory?
Jonathan Panurge Renews His Vow Against Propagandists But Still Finds
Some ntnreain Mr T M r St i MNwv~l


VA ng s ssLL nU VUIU11V IJUa QVI1 G A1ILCL SI A111 011. n11g1sh w0
The Freeman Associates, 156 Fifth
savenue, NYC, consider re-establishin
Twenty-Six Sonnets From the Paro- with some new manifestation of his among this select company, not to the Freman inder the editorship ot PLUMES. By Lawrence Stalings. ing concerned with a family of that b
nomnasian and Other Languages superlative cleverness. Such are mention a score of somewhat leser its former chief, Mr. Albert Jay Nock. Harcourt, Brace and company. New extraordinary patronymic. Riard!i
Commencing With P. by Max Ewing. these sonnets which, beautifully print- notables including Amy Loomis, Faith They begin the campaign modestly York. 1924. $2.00. Plume is nvaded home from thet
Conceived with a Bow to Mrs. ed, have just appeared to charm those Winters, Helen Lynch, Lois Whit- by asking interested persons to send Approximately one year ago we
Browning and Salaams to Donald whom the author designates "the comb, Albert Carroll, Aline MacMahon, them a list of other interested per- were engaged at reviewing Ludwig reat War with a stubborn and pain-z
Evans. New York. 1924. $2.Ot. stall-holders among readers," the con- Frank Bishop and Stephanie Scheh at- sons. Lewisohn's Don Juan and at that time ful injury to the leg. The story is
"But it excels in this, that as the noisseurs of rare things who merely owitsch. * ** we solidly resolved never again to about his and his wife's attempt to w
fruit read to pass the time. It would be impossible, perhaps, to Arr
Of love, it is a book too mad These sonnets are all products of a name the "best" of this exotic colle- About a week before the holidays set our hand to the job of discussing a readjust their shattered ideals to a
to read sophisticated writer -,uperbly adroit ini tion. For me, three of the outstanding iaiCmil fteDa rsssn rpgnanvl o, ntefl otwrAeia
td eadsopistcaed ritr sperlyadrit n ton Fo me thee f he utsandngus an advance prospectus of the edi.. clutch of circumstance, being forced No doubt this necessary readjust-t
Before one merely reads to pass the use of the English language, ones are those for Mary Garden, for s an a e poectu of the Bi-l th of cirgmsntan be. forced Nc
the time." fertile in imagination and endowed Geraldine Farrar and for Igor Stra-In heAnol ry a and ts Bublg work, we renew our resolution.alens was and is a real problem with
Those who remember the halcyon with a wit and sense of humor seldom vinsky. The one about Mary is, in which Lincoln MachVeagh is pnblishin T e rew ouelin. -r a great many returned soldiers. That
days of musical and literary criticism encountered. They are by turns Shakespearean fashion, made to her sin s olo on. t the Ne eis ne i an many of those who were alive to in-
in An AborwhenMaxEwig wrte meelyingeiou, cmica, crioslyeyebrows which, Mr. Ewing assuresI Press of London. At the time it was sell, being neither literature nor may o hs h eeaietn
in Ann Arbor when Max Ewing wrote merely ingenious, comical, curiously. news and for those for whom it is still argument nor good red-herring. The ternational affairs felt bilked after the
for the Daily's defunct Sunday-Maga- cryptic, fantastic, beautiful and dithy- us, "will be mentioned with applause
zin, illno begraty atonde t rmbi. omeofthm ae ompet Iwhen Nature and the poor are oso- news lt us quote the collation: author who undertakes to manipulate Versailles fiasco is probably true. The
zinc, will not be greatly astounded to ramb. Sonme of them are complete.- this ambiguous form is generally only way to make literature of such
learn that his first volume of poetry ly mystifying. To others, one re- lete." Somewhat startled to learn * hampered by some affection for litera- material is to draw carefully, and with
has found a publisher; and those who sponds sometimes with a laugh, some- that, "among immortals she will have Three hundred and fifty numbers ture as such (which was the initial some degree of profundity, such a
appreciate cleverness in the grand times with a smile of amusement and no seat," it is reassuring to discover only for America. In five volumes cause for making him chose the novel character in relation to its environ-
manner that is both recherche and de- occasionally with a conviction that, that, "her lot will to hold a full by twelve as a vehicle.) Consequently, he in- went. Mr. Stallings has only done
lightful will hasten to devour the few behind all this inimitable badinage, divan!" La Geraldine's sonnet is inches, printed on mould-made rag variably falls between the stools of this in an approximate fashion, hav-
copies of this extraordinary volume there lurks a real poet. from the Pandemonian and is a paper by the Oxford University press,! art and propaganda. Those who can ing sketcher in a general way an
now available at local bookstores. The ponderous critic who objects to striking picture of the most beautiful England, from the text of the King recall Mr. Lewisohn's attempt will ancestry of Plumes to account for the
This collection of verse should add these poems because they are not woman in America as she appeared in James version in Plantin type. with remember that he made a strong and young man's idealisms. To make the
t'amendously to the reputation for serious, or the facetious critic who a New York concert hall last year. title pages and head-and-tail pieces fairly consistent argument for divorce book a thorough-going propaganda
brilliancy and versatility which Mr. calls them "paronoic" because they The brutally powerful, insurgent mu- in copper plate engraving by Stephen to the destruction of his work as a novel a far more consistent and defi-
Eighsarayaqiebyhs"scof Stravinsky icelbrated ono- innvlprun
are not invariably logic lhramskes dt ~ooen. Binding in buckram with novel. Mr. Stallings, pursuing the nite plan of argument should have
adventures in other fields. During the entire purpose of the book if, in- matopoetically in lines which anyone Ingres paper boards. opposite method, achieves neither. -
advetreys'totheUies ingthe entirekpurpose ofcthedhookifin-
his three years at the University of deed, it have any "purpose" at all. ho "Le Sacre du Printemps" I * Plumes begins with a trick title,
Michigan, his chief interest was in mu- "You will err if you take them the will not fail to appreciate. . having nothing to do with sartorial
sic and no one ever denied his poss- least bit seriously," he writes to a "Stark storms of homination plod Jolly but somewhat de trop lyric embellishments of that name, but be-
ession of really marvelous talents 8s friend. They are, in point of fact, beneath by Pierre de RIonsard from the Curtis _______________twihd iP ta i n_____________
a pianist. He also found time to write written solely for those disenchanted The clouds that whirl on hurdy- Hidden Page translation new issued
a number of plays of which one, "The souls who are weary of ordinary gurdy heels, by Houghton Mifflin: Vi
Falling Star" made a deep Impression reading and whose jaded literary ap- To quench the bony lightening "The earth drinks rain through everyi
when produced by Comedy club two petitesdemand such potent cock- where it strikes pore,
years ago. In the realmof musical tails. Mr. Ewing does not address the The granite-g-rded clashings grit Through every root the tree,
composition he has to his credit a fruit of his labor to "those who re- their teeth, The sea drinks rivers evermore To serve you one0
dozen or more interesting songs, the gard time as an entity to be improved And scratch the skys eyes out with The sun drinks up the sea.
sparkling finale to "The Grand Street; rather than passed," but to "the scorching steels; The moon drinks up the sun his light, meat sandwiches. Y
Follies" which enchanted all New civilized minority" who "acknowledge My sense collapses on a bunk of All things in nature drink. service-best of all,
York last year, and a daring and in- that the cosmos is a bore" and who spikes." I Since drinking is the common right ratt~ay
tricate jazz piece for two pianos which sektesntetdu yprut__________________ recate the tasty s,
Jhseek to lessen the tedium by pursuit The reader who is disturbed by in- Come, let us drink, drink, drink!
will have a Gotham premiere before of things ever new and wonderful. If scrutability will be consoled to know-- - -_ - -______ _ good
long. And then there are the Daily you are not one of these extraordin that none of these pieces yields up -
-o r o oeo hs etari them with a literary deftness and an W-
reviews-dozens of them-without ary people, prepare to dislike the one-half of its significant possibilities insouciance that is quite captivating.
exception witty, urbane a'nd pene- book; for this is emphatically a case to the casual reader. There are, of Let us hope that Mr. Ewing will re- Let us suggest that daintiest
trating. where, to use the old cliche, "you get course, some penetralia into which member his "small appreciative au luncheon for the Sunday night
The strangest thing about all this out just what you put in" in the way only God and the author are initiated, dience" with many encores' supper.
is the fact that Mr. Ewing, "a Phoenix of sympathy with the author's pecu- but most of them will gradually dis-
on the Middle Western scene," was liar point of view. sove 01 mm w nows sonmethn Daily Afternoon TeasT
born and spent his entire youth in an The sonnets are all formally regu- about the tsubjects of the verse. e_ _ South Thiayer S
Ohio town of approximately six hun-lar despite the extremely heterodox voudrais n nouve- ami dire des Phone 9-W 440 State St.
dred inhabitants. Everything about and enigmatic hature of the contents choses incomprehensibles, said Fran-
him belies this origin except the in- They are dedicated without discri m - cis Picabia. He would love Max TilliliElititiiill i;glli{IINti'
tensity with which he has reacted ination as to position, age, sex or race, Ewing who says all sorts of apparent-
against it. Happily endowed with to twenty-six friends of the author or ly incomprehensible things, but says
the means of living in New York with- to people whom he deems worthy of_________
out work, he is now devoting most of literary immortality. Geraldine ar-I
his time to the piano under the tute- rar and Mary Garden, the sun and
lage of Alexandre SIlota one of the moon respectively in Mr. Ewing's
last of the great line of Liszt pupils I musical firmament, are the subjects
and a cousin and teacher of Sergei of two of the best. Carl Van Vechten,
Rachmaninoff. But not even this Mitja Nikisch, Marguerite d'Alvarez,
keeps Mr. Ewing entirely occupied, jMyra Hess, Eva Gauthier and Beatrice
for periodically he surprises everyone Lillie of Charot's Revue fame are
iBarnum was nh

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t stands is a simulacrum of litera-
ire and a miscellany of "editoriali-
ation" on post-war ideals.
The chief source of interest in the
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