Full text: The little review (9 (1923), 4)

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THE READER CRITIC 
CIVILIZATION FOLLOWING OUR FLAG 
D. F. H., Honolulu, Hawaii: 
Y OUR announcement of a younger French Poet’s issue recalls the excellent 
Ezra Pound number on the French Moderns: are they passe so soon? 
Nevertheless we await with interest every copy of The Little Review, 
French or not. Our Fair City is now a cheap copy of cheaper Los Angeles and 
all the mainland sends us is soldiers, tourists, movies and politics. Papeete is 
closer to Paris than we are and we’re even farther from New York than the 
Tahitian’s White governors: as far as our civilized life is concerned. 
REQUEST FOR LIGHT 
B. S. S., Tuxedo Park, N. Y.: 
H OW about giving us a line on the manifestations of the “French spirit,” 
other than the poets and painters? There’s Mistinguett, Bernhardt’s 
successor in the triumph of spirit over years. The sparkle of the woman 
at her age should be analysed. Let jh do it! Then there’s Siki—French to the 
Core—a Pan if there ever was one. A natural man let loose in Paris and the 
high specialization of the Prize Ring. Even the bad boys playing at Indian and 
cowboy at the Algonquin are too shocked by him. A Master in Ironies should 
watch him and report the effect of acquired technique (called science by the 
pimply-faced gym hangers-on) on his punching powers and spirit. The same 
reporter should speculate on the necessity of form, in his own and the fighter’s 
craft: the present Siki and early Dempsey—Drieser and Anderson (Sherwood); 
Carpentier-William Butler Yeats. 
NOW WE KNOW WHAT’S WANTED 
S HERWOOD ANDERSON’S cover blurb for Arlie Gelston by Roger 
Sergei: “Here is Iowa really writing of Iowa. That is what we want.” 
Africans of Africa, musicians of musicians, Secretary Davis, of Labor. 
Sergei, or any other writer interest,—as writers first: from or of Iowa, Ohio, or 
their environs, later. 
MEMO TO BOK PEACE COMMISSION 
W E can never have World Peace because we can never have an Inter 
national temperament. Statement attributed to Mary Garden in LOS 
ANGELES TIMES.
	        
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