Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Philip Larkin Asks, The New Yorker Answers 

Toward the end, John Updike's appreciation of Philip Larkin quotes Larkin's Church Going:
"When churches will fall completely out of use
What we shall turn them into, if we shall keep
A few cathedrals chronically on show,
Their parchment, plate and pyx in locked cases,
And let the rest rent-free to rain and sheep.
Shall we avoid them as unlucky places?"
Quite nicely, the front section of the very same issue of the New Yorker has an article on the fate of South Boston, which reveals that questions of poetry eventually become questions of real estate. As it turns out, we're going to use them as condominiums.

[You'll have to take my word for it, though. Can't find the links.]

[Update: Now I've got the links. I was a bit too hungover this morning to properly operate google. Okay?]