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The New Yorker

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Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1966
Volume: 4 item(s); 4 pg(s)

Scope and Content

Merton comments on two articles from "The Talk of the Town" section of the New Yorker, both from late August of 1966. The first concerns the deaths of comedian Lenny Bruce and jazz artist Bud Powell, and Merton asks where he can get a hold of their material, especially of Lenny Bruce. The second concerns the comment by John Lennon that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus. Merton finds the theological reflections in this article quite moving.


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Related Information and Links

See also published letters from Merton to The New Yorker in The Road to Joy, pp. 342-343.

Series List

This Record Sub-Group is not divided into Series and is arranged chronologically.

Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
 y/m/dMerton Scan ✉ 
1. 1966/08/20 other[x]   The New Yorker [-] The Talk of the Town [-] Notes and Commentary [-] WHEN Lenny Bruce and Bud Powell «detailed view»
2. 1966/08/27 other[x]   The New Yorker [-] The Talk of the Town [-] Notes and Commentary [-] WHEN we saw that John Lennon's «detailed view»
3. 1966/09/18 TL[c] from Merton In the New Yorker for August 30 -- which I have just now happened to see-- «detailed view»
4. 1966/11/05 TL[c] from Merton I hate to keep pestering the Talk of the Town but I can't help it. If I am a little late «detailed view»

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