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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 13, No. 3. March 16th, 1950

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Writing on "Anarchism in New Zealand," Lorna Clendon comes to the conclusion "The intellectual has become an anarchist", . . "New Zealand is full of anarchists in one form or another." In a burst of self-expression she writes: "... man's virtue does not lie in the intellectual field. We cannot expect things of him.... He is a form striving for expression and he gets bogged on the way. The evil is usually bound up with his struggle to free himself. He is forever tying himself to false gods. Occasionally in his freedom, the goodness, or integrity, or perfection of form, is extraordinary (sic) clear." What an excellent editorial! But, all this goes to show that "A doctrine of non-possession would be peculiarly well-suited to a country which will not admit superiors."!

There follows a translation of "The Actor" (Albert Camus) by Eric Schwimmer. Persumably this is of interest to the subscribers of the magazine but it will, I think, be above the heads of most students at VUC. Why two pages of Mr. Schwimmer's diary notes, 1946, are printed is a mystery to me. Mr. Schwimmer is not yet well enough known as a literary figure to warrant this. Possibly they will be or interest to future biographers and editors when Mr. Schwimmer attains that literary eminence which is no doubt his due—perhaps that is the reason for their appearance. Mr. Schwimmer elsewhere writes: "I would suggest that readers of 'Arachne' subscribe to 'Here and Now,' in spite of the exorbitant price," (Last issue "Here and Now," 2/-; "Arachne," 44 smaller p. 2/6.)

One poem by Louis Johnson bears the lucid title "Some held by love to hate, for Benjamin Constant" A pretty pattern of rhyme, alliteration, and balance, perhaps disguise the message of this poet—perhaps a commonplace message but none the Jess true for that. Kendrick Smithy-man'a "Song" rises above, the general level, but he is capable of better. Lorna Clendon expostulates for 14 lines on an arrangement of Shakespeare's sonnets. Evidently she prefers a non-logical arrangement. But she conveys the idea well—if anything, too well.