Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Puttin' On Airs
OK, so I got one reasonably polished essay up on this blog. Which is good, but I don't think I'll be doing that more than every couple of weeks (and that's optimistic). The rest of the time, this will be more like a journal of the ideas that intrigue me, rather than some sort of well-developed column. I'll let people know on Facebook if I write something I think they might like reading, and the rest of the time, I'll just use this blog as what Thoreau called "a meteorological journal of the mind". At least, I think that's what he called it. I never read the obscure work he said that in; I got the quote from Annie Dillard, who probably did read it. Maybe sometime I'll write about how much intellectual bluffing goes on in this world. Lots of writers just throw out a reference like that, and if you get the false impression that they are a minor Thoreau expert, well, that's your loss and their gain. I'll try to avoid that sort of thing, but I do think the Thoreau quote is a great metaphor for the the unpredictable eddies and swirls of people's minds. Actually, metaphor is what's on my mind--metaphor and word histories, and what they say about how we think. So that's what I'll talk about in my next post.