Perhaps as a result of the books currently on my nightstand (see at right), I’m drawn to T.S. Eliot’s late masterpiece Four Quartets lately. Eliot is one of the subjects of Alan Jacobs‘ recent book — which is in many ways quite fine, and I do hope to write about it before too long — and somehow his spirit hovers over Leszek Kolakowski‘s elegant essays as well.
A few years ago, Jeremy Irons recorded Four Quartets for the BBC (along with many of his other poems; Faber & Faber recently released this CD of those readings). That recording can be heard below.