He used to like going on holiday to really bland commuter towns in the suburbs I think. Like people would say to him "no one ever goes there" and he'd be impelled to get straight on the trainEliot was a very peculiar man.
That's one source of his greatness.
What you get in the waste land (& ulylesses) is what you get in Phillip k dick. So for instance, this notion that the empire never ended. That we are still playing out the events of the early Christian years. That our lives have this submerged mythic-historic dimension. This is all fundamental to the major monuments of literary modernism.'Stetson!
'You who were with me in the ships at Mylae.'