I recently came across this sentence (from an interview with Stanley Cavell (in the current Journal for Philosophy of Education):
“Wittgenstein gives a portrait of the modern subject that contains issues of diversity and anxiety and sickness and torment. Those are the things that I found in the Investigations at the beginning that disassociated my responses from those of virtually all of my friends who were reading the work. They took away the pain and solace from the book, which for me was exactly to miss its dark side . . .”
Now why do I want to rewrite this? —
Thoreau gives a portrait of the modern landscape, its wanderers and institutions, that contains issues of diversity and anxiety and sickness and torment. These are the things I hear in his writing, a pain and solace, a dark side along with the praise and thanksgiving.