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Thursday, March 20, 2008

TS Eliot on L&O

I was watching Law & Order reruns the other day when something caught my attention.

When speaking with DA Jack McCoy, a defense attorney said, “I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.”

I don’t read a lot of poetry, but the Law & Order writers managed to reference one of my favorite poems, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” (

“For I have known them all already, known them all:
Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons,
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons;
I know the voices dying with a dying fall
Beneath the music from a farther room.
So how should I presume?”

Dare I eat a peach?


Robyn Weisman said...

Great start! You can't go wrong with Beantown and books!

Megan said...

Anne, I think I know this episode of L&O. Is it the one where the sort of dumpy defense attorney falls in love with his manipulative client, who has already duped her boyfriend into killing for her?

Anyway ... another great Eliot/Prufrock reference is Crash Test Dummies' "Afternoons and Coffeespoons." It's old and kind of obscure, but I've always liked it:
Times when the day is like a play by Sartre
When it seems a bookburning's in perfect order
I gave the doctor my description
I've tried to stick to my prescription

Someday I'll have a disappearing hairline
Someday I'll wear pyjamas in the daytime

Afternoons will be measured out
Measured out, measured with
Coffeespoons and T.S. Eliot

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