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A Kick In' The Seat Of Culture
t To the Editor:
I have always looked upon the University of
Michigan as a great seat of culture. Insofar as,
my intellectual development has gone, it has rep-
resented a great deal.
It was therefore with distinct shock and dis-
appointment that I discovered today that the
General Library offers no copies of one of the
most widely-known books of our times-one that
has been reprinted in some 52 languages and dia-
lects, including the Maori, and read by countless
millions. I refer, naturally, to "Tarzan of the
Apes," by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
What is the world coming to? "Tarzan" was good
enough for me and it was considerably too good
for my Grandfather, who said it was all poppy-
I appreciate, of course, that the present crit-
ique may tend to the theory that Tarzan carries
in a different form the doctrine of Nietzsche, of
the Superman. That may be a fair judgment, but
is it a reason for excluding it wholly? After all,
it is not on record that Zarathustra ate worms
and talked the ape language, although he was
rather pally with that snake of him. That is what
I am trying to point out.
The closest I could come to Edgar Rice Bur-
roughs in the Library files was "Leaf and Tendril,"
by John Burroughs (evidently a cheap imitation
of the jungle epic) and "John Burroughs at Trout-'
beck" (presumably a sequel, in the manner of
"Tarzan the Terrible"). I could find nothing
under the title "Tarzan," either. The best to be
had was "Taschenbuch fur prazisionsmechaniker3
optiker, elektromechaniker und glasinstrumenten-
macher und verwandter berufe fur das jahr." Who
is this man Taschenbuch? What has he got that
Burroughs hasn't got? To me, what he has to say
sounds more like downright Fascism than the old
Nietzsche self-realization. Are there subversive,
influences at work in our Library? I have tried
to read Herr Taschenbuch's fulmination, but have
been forced to put it down in sheer boredom.
It is almost all conversation and no plot.
I believe in the fulfillment of the American
art forms. Either the University must change
its attitude on this matter or admit ci-devant
defeatism. Next thing, I suppose the Library will
tell me they haven't got a back-file of Moon1
Mullins and The Little King.
Education Without Values
To the Editor:
George S. Counts, professor at Teachers' College,
Columbia University, a profound thinker and
great liberal is the author of a pamphlet: "Dare
the School Build a New Social Order?" The
pamphlet points out a number of erroneous no-
tions which prevail on the subject of education.
Writes Professor Counts:
"There is the fallacy that education is pri-
marily intellectualistic in its processes and goals.
Quite as important is that ideal factor in culture
which gives meaning, direction, and significance
to life. I refer to the element of faith or purpose
which lifts man out of himself and above the
level of his more narrow personal interests. Here,
in my judgment, is one of our great lacks in our
schools and in our intellectual class today. We are
able to contemplate the universe and find that all
is vanity. Nothing really stirs us, unless it be that
the bath water is cold, the toast burnt, or the ele-
vator not running; or that perchance we miss the
first section of a revolving door. Possibly this is
the fundamental reason why we are so fearful
of molding the child. We are moved by no great
faiths; we are touched by no great passions.
We can view a world order rushing rapidly towards
collapse with no more concern than the outcome
of a horse race; we can see injustice, crime and
misery in their most terrible forms all about us
and, if we are not directly affected, register the
emotions of a scientist studying white rats in a
laboratory. And in the name of freedom, objectiv-
ity, and the open mind, we would transmit this
general attitude of futility on our children. In
my opinion this is a confession of complete moral
and spiritual bankruptcy. We cannot, by talk
about the interests of children and the sacredness
of personality, evade the responsibility of bringing
to the younger generation a vision which will call
forth their active loyalties and challenge them
to creative and arduous labors. A generation with-
out such vision is destined, like ours, to a life
of absorption in self, inferiority complexes, and
frustration. The genuinely free man is not the
person who spends the day contemplating him-
self, but rather the one whb loses himself in a
great cause or glorious adventure."
There's the story going the rounds about the
professor who explained to his summer school
classes how they differed from his regular term
students. "To me the difference is this," he said.
"When I say good-morning to my regular classes,
they all say good-morning to me, but when I say
good morning to my summer students, they write
it down in their notebooks."
-Jay Burr, the Summer Northwestern.
The President still is canny; you notice he
hasn't given any fireside talks in July.
-The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Probably the shock of Iffy's desertion has been
responsible for Mickey's relapse.
Unfortunately, there is no gong arrangement
in the studios for political speeches.
-The Ohio State Journal.
VOL XLV No. 19
WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 1936
Graduate Students in Education:
who are taking work beyond the Mas-
ter's degree are invited to attend a tea
to be held in the libraries of the Uni-
versity Elementary School this af-
ternoon, July 22, between 5 and 6 p.m.
The Michigan Dames cordially in-
vite the wives of all students and in-.
ternes to the first of a series of bridge
teas to be held this afternoon at 2
p.m. at the League.
Mrs. Kenneth Hodge will have
charge and she will be assisted by
Mrs. Paul Crampton, Mrs. Joe Wag-
ner, Mrs. Newton McFayden, and
Mrs. Ford Graham. Both contract
and auction will be played as well as
galloping bridge. A charge of ten
cents will be made.
All women interested in education
are invited to attend a meeting to be
held at the League this evening at
7:30 p.m. Several faculty men will
give brief talks about the various fine
College of Literature, Science, and
the Arts; School of Music; and School
of Education: Summer Session stu-
dents who received marks of Incom-
plete or X at the close of their last
term of residence must complete work
in these courses by the end of the
first month of the Summer Session,
July 29. The Administrative Board
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Stalker Hall: The picnic scheduled'
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At 4:05 p.m. Dr. John R. Clark,
principal of the Lincoln School,
Teachers College, Columbia Universi-
ty, will lecture in the University High
School Auditorium. His topic will be
"Curriculum Making in the Lincoln
School, New York City."
Dr. Arnold D. McNair, Whewell
Professor of International Law at the
University of Cambridge, will deliver
a public lecture under the auspices of
the Summer Conference for the
Teaching of International Law and
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Summer Sessiop Men's Glee Club:
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READ THE WANT AD
"THE BIG NOISE"
LATEST NEWS EVENTS
"Trouble For Two"
W E WHO HAVE benefitted by the
sound judgment and warm heart
of Dr. Edward W. Blakeman wish to extend to him
and to Mrs. Blakeman this expression of our
deepest sympathy in the loss of their son, William
We wish that we might be a source of some com-
fort to a man who, as religious counsellor and
friend, has been to so many of us oftentimes a
source of strength and moral courage.
Good Life ...
THEY USUALLY stay on the wall,
unnoticed after the first scrupulou,
week-those rules for The Healthy Life.
Yesterday, out of the fortieth annual conven
tion of Osteopaths in New York, came anothe
set: six rules for The Healthy Life. We've
clipped them out and pasted them on the edi
torial medicine chest, where, every time we have
splitting headaches (as a Natural Consequence
we will resolve to follow them minutely. We pass
them on to you because there is something dif-
ferent about them:
1.Sleep eight hours every night-we can't
all be Edisons or Napoleons.
2. Drink four or five pints of liquid a day.
3. Eat slowly, deliberately, a wide variety of
foods--a little less than you actually want. If
time does not permit a leisurely meal, better not
eat at all. Leave the problem of calories and
vitamins to your psysician.
4. Never allow yourself to become too good at
competitive sports and games. Leave perfection
to professionals and to youth.
The Flight From The Book
5. Walk a lot.
6. Learn to think+
Worry and hurry are
They insure a short
deliberately and usefully,
the twin sisters of fate.
life and anything but a
6a. (This is our own). Don't over-study.
Most generalizations about Americans come
from people who passed one while crossing a fjord
in Norway. Nevertheless,. our brief acquaintance
with them emboldens' us to say that we've never
known one who wasn't in a hurry. Even in a
small town like Ann Arbor, the nervous tempo
transmits itself and destroys that rich and quiet
way of life such as we conceive to prevail in the
small villages of France, or Spain, or Italy. (Rev-
With pathetic longing, while the press is
pounding away on its foundations, while type-
writers are beating with incessant blows on ye
editorial brains, while telephones are ringing, and
a copy boy stands ready to tear the sheet out
of the typewriter before it is finished, we read
this statement which prefaced the six rules:
"Doctors have just about reached the limit in
improving health and lengthening life unless a
real tranquility of existence can become fashion-
Hurry up with that copy! D'you think you're
working on a magazine?
A child in the public schools is required to do
fifteen times the amount of reading that was re-
quired twenty-five years ago and the college stu-
dents five times as much, according to Dr. A. C.
Hardy, president of the International Society of
r --B. Ifor Evans in the Manchester Guardian- So far, the radio has had, to my mind, little or
e A1TITLE may sound a little too melodramatic. no effect on imaginative literature.
I think it is, but I do not see how else to I feel less happy about Mr. Wells' conclusions
) express what I have in mind. I have been trying on the film. He himself has always been inter-
to think out the effect on writers of the presence ested in fresh possibilities. He abandoned the
- in our time of means of expression apart from novel for his "Outline," and now he has come
books. back to the novel in a written story of his film,
Both the radio and the film offer attractive al- "Things to Come." The short, economical phrases
t ternatives, which need not enter into elaborate of that story show how well he has adapted him-
discussion, the radio provides a large if hidden helf to the film form: every word in the conver-
national audience, and the film sends a writer's sation counts, and the descriptions are as pointed
work round the world far more quickly than the as stage directions, though much more vivid.
f printed page can travel. The mechanisms be- Still, my belief remains that, whatever new art
t hind these forms set limitations on the author, Mr. Wells is gaining, he is casting off some of his
and I should have thought that the employment powers as a literary artist. Imagine for a moment
of either of them would impose a hundred restric- that Mr. Wells were today a young writer with the
tions on free expression. Above all, they neces- idea for "Kipps" newly entering into his imagina-
t sitate the desertion of the book, and it is through tion. Would he write a novel, the novel which
the book that all literature apart from the actually he did write 31 years ago, full of hu-
drama must live. morous descriptions, pathos and with a running
The problem concerns me mainly in the film. commentary of ideas, or would be not say, "This
Many of our most interesting writers are curtal- is a story for Charles Chaplin," and set out to
ing their literary activities in order to compose write a film script?
film scenarios. Some, I fear, are even abandon- It might be said that this does not matter be-
ing altogether the art of writing fiction in book cause the film has a far wider audience than the
form. Others many try to serve both masters, printed page ever commanded. Many would
but this is difficult, for the writing of fiction is a also make a claim for high place for the film
great craft, a full-time profession. The labor of as an art. I know that the film is an art, but I
inventing film scenarios and of seeing them believe with Lessing that each art has its own
through the studios would, one imagines, lessen limitations.
the vitality of a fiction writer. * *
By tempting writers into the studios, the in- I asked Aldous Huxley the same question about
dustry is anesthetizing contemporary authors. Our the film and fiction as I put to Mr. Wells. His
most competent writers, our most skilled story answer seems to me to illuminate another side of
tellers, are being tempted away. the question. He confessed to an interest in the
* * film and added that even if he wrote for the film,
I have asked H. G. Wells his view on this matter, he would "never dream of abandoning writing
for he has conquered the film after one of the for screen work, which seems to me a very inade-
most notable careers in fiction of our time. He quate instrumuent for expresing most of the things
does not share my fears. that seem worth expressing."
"Radio makes for very careful phrasing," he There Mr. Huxley seems to me to have seized
comments. "I find myself that when I do a radio upon a vital point. For the film may be an art
talk, I write and rewrite and weigh my words and yet may be quite incapable of expressing "most
much more carefully than I do when I am writing of the things that seem worth expressing." To
for print. read "the book of the film" of one of the scenarios
"The silent film did perhaps tend to mini- made out of Dickens and then to read the novel
mize wordcraft, but with every improvement in as Dickens wrote it will be to prove that this is
sound reproduction, the possibility of fine music true even for a writer whose work seems supremely
effects and a subtle use of language increases. adapted to the screen. In more intricate and
I am making an effort to publish 'film stories' subtle writers, the loss in indefinably greater.
in book form with every word of dialogue and Above all, there is the loss of style. Apart from
with -compact descriptions of non-technical lan- style, the novel has virtues of its own in space
guage, side by side with the production of the and roominess and leisure with which the film
films. cannot compete.
"Naturally, the first efforts are a bit experi- The compromiser will say that all is well, for
mental and clumsy, but I think that here is the some writers who can manage a film story will
possibility of a new and exciting literary form- develop in that way, and those who wish to retain
something between a long short story and a play. the more subtle effects of the written word can go
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