Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist
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Emerson

The big writers of the early 20th century fell into step behind a range of ideologies- Fascism, Communism, Roman Catholicism, Anglicanism- and they hated Emerson for telling them- when they were nowt but wee lads- that they should think for themselves.   My grand-dad was an Emersonian- which could be why it's taken me so long to come round to him- or up to his level. I was reading him aloud to Ailz yesterday, because those sentences ring like bronze and ask to be spoken and she asked why if received opinions are such bad things we should pay any mind to Emerson's?- And I couldn't think of an answer.
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