“Only Connect” – E.M. Forster in A Passage to India

This quotation has followed me ever since studying A Passage to India in Victor Cowie’s 20th Century literature class at the University of Manitoba in the 70s.  Some students changed classes when they discovered we would only be studying half-a-dozen texts and Kurt Vonnegut was not one of them. I stayed and I’m glad I did. It was from Cowie’s passionate and illuminating lectures that I learned to read and think. This served me well in my other classes, and now as a book reviewer. The phrase also makes an appearance in my first real short story called “A.” just written this summer. One of the characters has the phrase tattooed on his penis. I don’t.

Connection is still what I’m after, here in this new media, which befuddles and amuses me with its messiness, chaos, lack of discernment, and noise. It’s hard to know where to begin, except as always with the word and the alphabet.  I want to connect here, on this site, in these “pages,” but what I want most of all is to connect readers to my writing, and there’s plenty, some which has never seen the light of day, as well as four published poetry collections, two unpublished manuscripts and a poetry collection in progress. Please buy the books from an independent bookseller if you can, but as they may be hard to find, you can use the McNally Robinson Bookseller on-line store. Even my out-of-print books are there on consignment.

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  1. Charlie Johns
    Posted January 11, 2024 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    Surely “Only connect” is from Howards End not Passsge to India.

    • Posted February 9, 2024 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

      You’re right! My brother was first one to email a correction. Sorry to take so long with a correction. I don’t remember reading Howards End, so not aware how ame upon Only Connect. I studied Passage to India with professor Victor Cowie at the University o0f Manitoba. I can remember his face and voice, and once I get his name will credit him for introducing me to E.M Forester. Have edited the error. Thanks for pointing it out.

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