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Salient: Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Vol. 32, No. 3. 1969.

Literary page

Literary page

Your literary editor Mr. James has got me a bit buggered for words. He doesn't feel bound to publish material that he considers rubbish. I'd have thought he would be a piss-poor editor if he did, and in any case who'd expect him too? The literary role of Salient a missionary endeavour— well Just who are the "arty" set and who says they are acceptable to common taste? What's common taste? "Art is not to be played with," says Mr. James. Agreed; but then he goes on to say I'm not quite sure what. Does he mean that it is only the artist that can attempt the unusual and bring it off? And some of Wilde's "social graces" ? how "nice" they are reputed to have been. And this "Beautific vision (beautific or beatific?), infinite in complexity but entirely beautiful in its truth", aw, tread lightly, Mr. James, in case comeone says Boo.

Brian Turner.

It was "beatific."—T.J.