CATHODE RAY

…the Russian revolution owes its success to Marconi. You may verify this by reference to John Reed’s 10 Days that Shook the World. The Bolshevik coup d’état could not have been effected without wireless; the other means of communication were sabotaged.”

[Lenin]…is more interesting than any surviving stylist. He probably never wrote a single brilliant sentence… but he invented …a new medium, something between speech and action (language as cathode ray) which is worthy of any writer’s study.

Ezra Pound, The Exile, Autumn 1928

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