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Guide to Kulchur

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Prose work by Ezra Pound, published in 1938. A brilliant but fragmentary work, it consists of a series of apparently unrelated essays reflecting his thoughts on various aspects of culture and history.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 17th 1970 by New Directions Publishing (first published 1938)
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Seán
Mar 04, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009
Invariably infuriating and yet strangely seductive, this is Pound's chaotically organized curriculum of necessary culture. It's a bizarre collection of rants, Chinese characters, prejudices, top ten lists, sentence fragments, obsessions, weird abbreviations, and conscious iconoclasm. Pound gives a thumbs down to Aristotle and Swinburne; St. Ambrose and Froebenius a thumbs up. Brancusi, Gaudier, and Confucius are Gods, and Mussolini gets more than a few words of praise (Pound wrote most of the te ...more
Justin Evans
Nov 03, 2009 rated it it was ok

Much of Pound's prose should be considered indispensable if you want to become a decent person. 'An ABC of Reading,' and the essays gathered in 'Literary Essays of Ezra Pound' are brilliant, and some of his social criticism works too, although you might want to take small bites of his 'Selected Prose' rather than swallowing it whole; start with the stuff from before the 1930's, and you'll be quite enlightened I think.

But 'Guide to Kulchur' is more or less straight decadence. If you already know
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Rupert Owen
May 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Difficult to immediately say, but Pound dissects certain fractions in thought about economics, music, literature and history placing them against classical Chinese and Greek philosophy. Ezra suffuses all this with his own wit calling philosophers such as Aristotle "Arry" throughout and observes his distaste with a distilled acerbic snarl. His views on money are very interesting especially in relation to Aristotle's view of it being a matter of custom and easily altered or rendered useless at wil ...more
Antonio J.
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
¿En qué se parece la poesía al modo en que los bancos de nuestro capitalismo generan dinero? Pues en que los dos, como dijese Yeats en un poema, surgen de una «bocanada de aire», o sea de la nada. El chiste —por llamarlo así— es de Richard Sieburth, experto en la obra de Ezra Pound (1885-1972). Y Ezra Pound, precisamente por su jerarquía de intereses, es, justo hoy, un autor de obligado rescate o relectura. Advirtamos que aquí, en los Cantos, se encuentra el poeta comentando una burbuja inmobili ...more
david blumenshine
Nov 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
really unfortunate that pound digressed into this non-sense politricking after his internment. obviously he was made crazy, but he was on the precipice before that. either way, what began earning a good deal of my highlighter quickly earned little, then none, the further things went down the monetary slope. tragic. the most tragic part of all is how impossible it is to not transpose his late life bullshit back over the fruitful periods of his youth. i just wanted it to be over. if you are lookin ...more
Jane
Aug 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Synthetic proto-fascist cultural treatise/prose poem/rant. I have to admit I kind of liked it, though I didn't have the patience to read it very carefully. It literally seems like he's going insane at this point, and the paranoid ranting about usury and monetary systems, in 1938, is deeply distressing - and yet there is something just brilliant about his writing and sympathetic about his struggle to reboot tired assumptions about "kulchur."
Erik-Korvin
May 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: modern
Переведенный на русский кусок, который называется Zweck, и который я нихуя не понял. Либо перевод был дерьмовый, либо я дерьмовый, либо Эзра дерьмовый. Одно из трех. Я ставлю на первое, что еще остается. Пусть это останется здесь как напоминание.
Clint
Sep 15, 2007 rated it liked it
This book is a litle confusing but really funny, albeit unintentionally. Basically Ezra Pound is just telling you what is and what is not worth your time culture-wise, in his opinion, and his opinion is always very very strong.
Mitch
Jul 27, 2007 rated it liked it
Not bad, but nowhere near what it should have been, considering...
Brady
Mar 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
Insane and erratic. Wtf.
Rafael Eaton
I'm slowly making my way through this'r. But it's awesome.
Sally
Mar 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
My favorite Pound. Excellent read along with the 20-30 and 40-50 Cantos, or all of them. (snicker)
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Ezra Weston Loomis Pound was an American expatriate poet, critic and intellectual who was a major figure of the Modernist movement in early-to-mid 20th century poetry.

Pound's The Cantos contains music and bears a title that could be translated as The Songs—although it never is. Pound's ear was tuned to the motz et sons of troubadour poetry where, as musicologist John Stevens has noted, "melody and
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