Newsletter #3: Time lags, deadline philosophy, childish scribbles.
Ann Kjellberg, of the New York Review of Books and Little Star, is editing a new project, Book Post, to be based on the premise that “books, whatever their form, are vessels for our most developed ideas—the news of books is the news of thinking.” And also on the premise that that news is worth paying for. Consider subscribing here.
A peaceful transfer of power is a column of the republic, & it’s appropriate for political leaders to cooperate graciously with Trump now. But there’s no comparable duty for writers and intellectuals. To the contrary, by temperament and profession, we’re the canaries in the coal mine. Our calling is to say what we see happening, as soon as we see it, as forcefully as we can express it.
In which I go off the deep end of the farther vs. further question.