Stoking the Fires, a review of BW Powe’s “Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye: Apocalypse and Alchemy” by Wilf Cude

From The Antigonish Review, Number 186, Summer 2016: pages 117-123.antigonish-review

Here is the last paragraph of Wilf Cude’s insightful essay on B.W. Powe’s book.

Cude concludes:

“What are the laws at work?” The question, right before the close, is rhetorical. “These are what was called the two truths of the wisdom traditions”, B.W. replies, to himself and to us: “everything has two sides, which can be called the double vision and figure/ground, innocence and experience together, the visible and invisible always in vibrations of influence.” Two sides. Two books. A Climate Charged from so long ago and Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye: Apocalypse and Alchemy, from just about yesterday. Thirty years between them, and a well-lived life, innocence and experience. Two bookend books, bookending a remarkable academic and intellectual enterprise, when student Bruce William has come back as author B.W. Powe, fresh from frontiers, in a changed form, finally to meet his mentors again. On more or less equal footing, this time around. Let other new and vital lessons begin.


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