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Remembering Valerie Eliot

I learned about Valerie Eliot's death before the news went out on the wire services yesterday because an acute reporter at The Times (that is, The Times of London) found my 2005 article about the Eliot Letters and emailed me (proving how easy I am to locate). He introduced himself as a science reporter who

"This twittering world" – T. S. Eliot

Time present and time past Are both perhaps present in time future, And time future contained in time past. These lines from T. S. Eliot's poem "Burnt Norton" have appeared in some of our promotional materials as I explained the importance of our work on world history, and the future. But I ought to read

Local, but prized elsewhere

T. S. Eliot wasn't the only 20th-century poet fond of cheese, it seems. W. H. Auden wrote: A poet's hope: to be, like some valley cheese, local, but prized elsewhere. This reminded me of a passage from the Bible, from which the common phrase, "a prophet without honor" comes (misquoted, as you can see): Now

Living dangerously

I have a lot to write about, but I really can't do it today because my arms are so sore. My arms, legs, back, you name it. This is proof that, as the saying goes, you should be careful what you wish for. Back in November I was in London rushing between conference and meetings