Martin Rowson’s THE WASTE LAND “SEEN”
It takes a lot of detective work to decipher modernist literature. Trying to figure how grail legends, the Upanishads, and vegetation myths all link up has left scholars chasing their tails for nearly a century, and has left us ordinary palookas in the dust. Lucky for us we have private eye Chris Marlowe, cartoonist Martin Rowson, and scholar Michael Barsanti to help shake out some of the clues and make some hasty repairs to a heap of otherwise broken images.
Throwaway Horse LLC is proud to present Martin Rowson’s The Waste Land “Seen,” a re-launching of Rowson’s acclaimed The Waste Land comic first published in 1999. The comic itself tells a story of betrayal, murder and intrigue in the best film noir tradition, haunted by various allusions conjured by T.S. Eliot’s most notoriously difficult poem. The comic has been reformatted for the iPad, presented on Throwaway Horse’s Behind the Seen Reader so that it can be examined in relation to Eliot’s poetry, the development of modernist literature, the filmography of film noir, and the sweep of art history itself.
Rowson’s The Waste Land “Seen” is the second offering from Throwaway Horse, creators of the Ulysses “Seen” website and iPad app. As with Ulysses “Seen”, Throwaway Horse hopes that this project will help preserve interest in this challenging but essential work of art using the best functionality of tablet readers. The app was coded by Bunsen Tech LLC, and is available now in the Apple App Store at the introductory rate of $9.99.