You don’t know how pumped I am about this. Every time I see that you’ve liked stuff from here on facebook or shared it on digg, reddit, stumbleupon, old dogg, chime.in, twitter – it means a lot. In retrospect, I don’t know that I would have wanted to be successful merely on my own. It’s no fun that way. I learn a lot from your comments, the links you share with me, and from those of you I’m privileged to keep up with. Running a blog is very much getting to know all of you, and I’m grateful.
So again, thank you. I’m busy writing on Xenophon at the moment and the writing is going well (it does need some serious editing). The blog is obviously doing well. Where others create a space, I can work well and have a chance at being effective. But you guys create a “space,” not me. Without you, it’s a vacuum, not really space but nothingness. “Freedom” and “community” may not be concepts as divorced as we sometimes pretend they are.
I would really like it if some of the older entries got into the hands of the right people. I want more readers, but I’m aware they have to be the right sort, the ones that are excited to read heady stuff, think through it and share, not ones looking to make professional-sounding points over the same old, same old:
- Emily Dickinson, “I dwell in Possibility” – before the interviews, I thought this was a great way to introduce people to Dickinson & this blog. I still think that: it’s a poem that goes down easy, unless people just outright hate poetry.
- Xenophon, “Agesilaus” – the best response to “Why bother with Greek history?”
- Plutarch, “Pericles” – the best response to “Why bother with Greek thought about politics?”
- Maimonides, “Letter to Obadiah the Proselyte” – a strong contender for “most beautiful thing ever written.”
- Ashok Karra, “Enfolding” – I’ll write better poetry someday. Really.
I can’t wait until I can do more than just write. Sometimes I feel like I’m throwing messages in a bottle. It’s refreshing when it is crystal clear that is emphatically not the case.