Really nice to have a copy instead of the hassle of inter-library loan. don't get me wrong - i love inter-library loan, but the loan periods are short, and this is a dense piece of writing, and i'm a slow reader. sorta wonder whether Gingko will bring out McLuhan's MA thesis on George Meredith. I've never read Meredith. I read the Unfortunate Traveller and the Anatomy of Absurdity in preparation for reading this. Not time wasted at all - good stuff this Nashe guy - but turns out this is less about Nashe than about the Trivium using Nashe as a lab rat. McLuhan hopes to bring Nashe's work to wider attention but says that Bacon or Donne would have suited his needs just as well, perhaps better.
i am a poor excuse for a scholar, having no Latin and less Greek, but I wrestle diligently with my Loeb Library editions, okey, not my Loeb Library editions, although i do have two volumes of Augustine, but the library's Loeb Library editions, and there are moments as i am reading this when, if you squinted and gazed down on me from a great height, i might appear to be some form of scholar. so i struggle with it, not having the historical nailed down, not having a grasp of the theological, barely apprehending the classical tradition. in a way this is an ideal crash course except it is the deep end and i'm taking on gulping mouthfuls of chlorinated water as i thrash about. still, i keep jumping in and if i dont wave my arms too much i can float for a few pages. every time i emerge from this book i feel both elevated and abysmal - elevated by mere association, abysmal in my limited capacity.