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Discoveries, etc.

May 18, 2011

An intersection in New Jersey. From the masthead of "College Hill Review."

A quick note today to acknowledge the new number of The College Hill Review, an excellent on-line quarterly edited by James Barsczc (et al).

At the top of the page you’ll find a wonderful bit of work by the poet Mark Scott (author of Tactile Values and A Bedroom Occupation: Love Elegies): “Discoveries,” a collection of epigrams and observations whose title recalls, of course, Ben Jonson‘s Timber; or, Discoveries Made Upon Men and Matter.

I reprint here one passage from Scott’s “Discoveries,” the better to give you its savor:

“Emerson is a superficial writer. ‘In skating over thin ice,’ he says, ‘our safety is in our speed. We live amid surfaces, and the art of life is to skate well on them.’ This is the foundation of transcendentalism: that Emerson liked to watch boys skate on the Concord River.”

Take a look at the whole of the issue.

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