This is Ed Mooney’s start at a new craft. I’ve admired the blogs of Catlin Lowe and Kelly Jolley so much, and felt moved to write so much more in their vein, that rather than move permanently into their living rooms, I decided to build my own.
I start with a wonderful passage from Thoreau — wonderful to my ears. I hope to add more over the days ahead, as summer releases me from teaching. I worked at Syracuse University at the intersection of literature, religion, and philosophy, and more recently at Hebrew University and at Tel Aviv University and the University of Maine.
I would write here and now in praise of Thoreau, Wittgenstein, Kierkegaard, Basho, and endless others not as a critic or scholar only (I have venues for that), but as someone delighted and moved and pained by their words so aptly addressed my way. I would write as one who recalls them at dusk and finds them again as day begins.
It will take me a while to get the hang of this, but welcome, welcome indeed.
A welcome welcome, Ed. I’m so looking forward to visiting you here. As for living rooms: Don’t be a stranger. It’s good to find the furniture rearranged–new corners illuminated, new paths drawn from here to there.
I miss your beach-thoughts already . . .
I love your blog! I have, since high school, enjoyed Thoreau’s work and I appreciate how you bring phenomenology and pragmatism to your reading of his works.
You are very welcome!
I found your blog on a journey which started when I did a search on Kierkegaard (to resolve, believe it or not, a personal quandary), which led me to Knights of Faith and Resignation, which I started to read in the fragments available on Google Books (quandary much resolved).
I went next to buy the whole text, but found it’s not available as an e-book! Please make it so.
Hi Ed. I enjoy reading your blog. I’m starting a blog myself, using WordPress, as I see that you do also. I like the fact that I receive an email when you’ve posted something new. I’m curious to know how you do that. It’s a feature I’d like to offer also. Is it some sort of WordPress widget, or something else?