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The Dry Salvages

Posted in Art, Nature with tags , , , on September 20, 2008 by lexis2praxis


(No. 3 of ‘Four Quartets’)

T.S. Eliot

(The Dry Salvages—presumably les trois sauvages—is a small
group of rocks, with a beacon, off the N.E. coast of Cape Ann,
Massachusetts. Salvages is pronounced to rhyme with assuages.
Groaner: a whistling buoy.)

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I do not know much about gods; but I think that the river
Is a strong brown god—sullen, untamed and intractable,
Patient to some degree, at first recognised as a frontier;
Useful, untrustworthy, as a conveyor of commerce;
Then only a problem confronting the builder of bridges.
The problem once solved, the brown god is almost forgotten
By the dwellers in cities—ever, however, implacable.
Keeping his seasons and rages, destroyer, reminder
Of what men choose to forget. Unhonoured, unpropitiated
By worshippers of the machine, but waiting, watching and waiting.
His rhythm was present in the nursery bedroom,
In the rank ailanthus of the April dooryard,
In the smell of grapes on the autumn table,
And the evening circle in the winter gaslight.

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Mission Statement

Posted in Research with tags , on August 31, 2008 by lexis2praxis

I am among those anthropologists interested in how social science can be at once accessible to, and engaged with, the public.  This blog will serve as

1) a place of dialogue about Katrina, the levees, the rebuilding effort in New Orleans, and related matters

2) a place where I can share excerpts from interviews (confidentially, of course) and field notes

3) a resource of information for readers

4) an ongoing ethnographic and public anthropology project