Dear Litbloggers of the Coop varietal,
thanks to you and Ed Champion for the invitation to guest-blog.
I must tell you, first, my great appreciation of your individual and shared endeavors. Somehow a half-remembered quotation by Henry James comes into my head, something stoical and grand and, surprise, Jamesian about doing this labor one does, in the dark, for its own good. "We labor in the dark --" etc. Unless I'm misremembering it, which is not altogether unlikely. More significantly: this recent immersion I have had, within the world of your individual and collective blogs, makes me more optimistic than I have felt in a long time about the state of writing, reading, and the intelligence of at least a good sector of the public. Which, in this time of crazed aggression, makes this despairing pacifist somewhat cheerful. We may go down grasping our vases in Vesuvius or whatever, but at least we're raising aloft some kind of thing of beauty -- with our last gasp of vitality or community.