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.