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“The difference between landscape and landscape is small, but there is great difference in the beholders.”

Recently, I visited Ralph Waldo Emerson’s house in Concord, MA, which has the chair that Emerson sat in while he wrote his famous essay “Nature.”  As a fan of what Anne Fadiman calls “You-Are-There Reading” I had to reacquaint myself … Continue reading

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“Reflection is a mighty endeavor…no occupation is more powerful or more feeble, depending on the soul”

How come some people who write about themselves are bores, and others are fascinating? Michel de Montaigne, an inventor who lived in the 1500s, is fascinating.  Instead of keeping a record of what he did, he recorded what he was thinking about.  He … Continue reading

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