Tuesday, December 4, 2018

New directions

A Hallmark movie has quoted “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”: the line about measuring out life with coffee spoons. Yes, someone runs a café. And the reply: “You’re an Eliot fan too?” OMG they’re made for each other.

[The movie is Love Always, Santa (dir. Brian Herzlinger, 2016). I’ve been misremembering the Eliot line as “in coffee spoons” for, like, forever. OMG.]

comments: 6

Fresca said...

Oh, wow! I was wondering what a coffee spoon is--assuming it was larger than a teaspoon-- so why did Eliot use it?
But no--it's smaller, as you probably know:
"Much less common is the coffee spoon, which is a smaller version of the teaspoon, intended for use with the small type of coffee cup."
--from Wikipedia, which even quotes the Eliot poem.

Fresca said...

P.S. It cracks me up that it's in a Hallmark movie.
But... would someone who loved T. S. Eliot ever refer to themselves as a "Eliot fan"?

Michael Leddy said...

Thanks for the info on the coffee spoon. I wonder now if that’s the name for some small spoons we have. (No idea why we have them.)

As for “Eliot fan,” in this movie anything goes. There’s a Hemingway element too: the café is called The Bun Also Rises. And that’s just for starters.

Michael Leddy said...

I think ours are demitasse spoons — tinier.

Frex said...

Oh, my--found a whole post about the diminutive demitasse spoon (and cup):

The Bun Also Rises--do you sense a recent English grad behind this script?
Hm.. or perhaps the degree was long ago, and this is nostalgia.
Anyway--thanks for writing about it--gave me the nudge to learn about spoons--
the things you have to know to read literature... :)

Michael Leddy said...

Yes, I think someone is having fun with, or at the expense of, an English-major background.

I have to admit: I never thought about the size of the spoon in TSE. I just thought repetition, social world, living by convention. But it makes even better sense if Prufrock thinks in terms of a small spoon.