Autograph Notes Stella Musulin 1968-02-13--1968-02-14
AuthorMusulin, Stella
  • Mayer, Sandra
  • Frühwirth, Timo
PublisherAustrian Centre for Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Vienna 2021
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Cite this Source (MLA 9th Edition)Andorfer Peter, Mayer Sandra, Frühwirth Timo, Mendelson Edward, Neundlinger Helmut and Stoxreiter Daniel. Auden Musulin Papers: A Digital Edition of W. H. Auden's Letters to Stella Musulin. Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Austrian Academy of Sciences, 2022, .

0001 Lunch with W.H.A. at the Opern-Café on
0002 13th' Feb.1968 .

0003 Talk of awful impasse in Vietnam
0004 War; W. so afraid of use of nuclear
0005 weapons that he can hardly bear to
0006 read or listen to the news , Feels US
0007 will have to get out;perhaps to
0008 blame for the "Pueblo" affair & wars
0009 in territorial waters.
0010 may have to vote Republican, though
0011 he's never done so before,because the
0012 Democrats really have no one for
0013 President.
0014 Says the Hippies are moving in on
0015 his district. I asked what a hippy
0016 does when he gets old; W, said thats'
0017 What he asks them; too soon to tell .
0018 Told him about Hundertwasser &
0019 his naked protests.
0020 Said I was glad he had told
0021 British young people that L.S.D is
0022 a dead duck for creative workers .
0023 W, told me at some length about
0024 his trials of LSD &mescalin,
0025 Point is that young people need
0026 to discover who & what they are .-

0027 &L.S.D. doesn't tell them, its' a
0028 passive effect in which there is
0029 alienation from self . You concentrate
0030 on things (chair, ceiling []),people
0031 become unimportant. []s
0032 effect of listening to music -
0033 intolerable as the sounds lose
0034 their interrelation & form.
0035 Basically, you achieve a mild
0036 degree of schizophrenia. Huxley
0037 did a lot of harm by publishing
0038 his experiences with mescalin,
0039 making people think it is
0040 an artistic experience. W.
0041 had to add colour effects .
0042 Awful story about young people
0043 having gone blind was invented -
0044 quite untrue. He did it in
0045 company with his doctor and
0046 they went round to local pub.
0047 Suddenly saw a postman waving
0048 at him & thought "this is it.-
0049 Later postman said " I waved
0050 at you , why didn't you answer?"

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0052 Talked with great enthusiasm
0053 about "Mayhew." Said this is the
0054 greatest work of the 19th' century .
0055 Has just reviewed new issue
0056 in 4 Volumes in the New Yorker.
0057 Said how well it pays to do
0058 a lecture / reading tour. In
0059 6 weeks he can clear 15,000 $.
0060 But it's "killing" - the social
0061 side which you can't skip. And
0062 if you do meet someone
0063 interesting your'e torn apart
0064 after 2 or 3 minutes,
0065 W. had flown over for 4 days
0066 to interview couple for Kirchstetten ,
0067 & had to return to N_Y.