This week being the holidays I have some time to sit and think (a little). As ever in these moments, when lack of work forces me to try to remember what I’m interested in, I turn to Radio 4. I’d pay three times the Licence Fee just to keep listening to Radio 4.
Two highlights this week were on modernism in literature. The first found me, the second I searched for.
The first was a reading of the Wasteland by Eileen Atkins and Jeremy Irons -http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01dvzg7
The second was
a discussion on In Our Time about the same poem.
They’re both cracking listens. In looking for them (I think the first is no longer available) I’ve found a third, which is, and which you can find at -http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00mdjtm/The_Essay_Secret_Places_in_the_Four_Quartets_Episode_1/
UPDATE: This podcast in the In Our Time archive is very revealing – in particular about the Modernists’ attitude towards the masses and the bourgeois http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00547fv .