A subscriber update
At age 72 almost everything I find myself thinking about the world — as it is and seems determined to become — bores me, depresses me, or both. And so I read. I read fiction and non-fiction about the world as it was before digitization and its noise. This reading and echoes of it, while they last, bring respite, mostly borne of gauzy nostalgia, but also comforting insights and hope. This reading … and your writing … are my lough. And I try to ignore the irony of the machines that bring them to me. Thank you … Ken
I thoroughly enjoy your work, Paul. I'll wait as long as you need: It's worth the wait.
I look forward to your continued writings. I always learn so much, and strangely get a little bit a peace from them. I say strangely because the world isn’t pretty right now and your words illuminate that plainly. You’ve given voice to things I’ve long wondered about and did not have the outlet for exploring outside myself. That brings me some peace. Many thanks!
I had the good luck to have discovered your writing just before you began this series and have since followed it with great interest. In many ways I feel as though you've put words to thoughts and feelings I haven't been able to clarify. I look forward to continuing to read this series.
Yes.... There's a power greater than ourselves, and a power greater than the Machine. When we realise that, we can be lifted gently but firmly out of the clutch of darkness.
"This too shall pass."
Simultaneously the darkest and most uplifting phrase that I can think of.
I look forward to seeing where these plans end up.
Take the time you need. It’s always well worth the wait. Looking forward to the next part (but in a non-pressurising way ;) and very glad to have had the opportunity to read and absorb your work so far.
Thanks to everyone below the line for all your comments, insights and reading recommendations too. Learning so much. I don’t usually add anything to the conversation, because half the time I feel like a spaniel trying to follow a physics lecture, but it’s really inspiring. What a great bunch of thinkers you’ve gathered here, Paul.
Thanks Paul. This weekend I printed out the essays to date, to read through as one and share with my wife.
I look forward to part two.
Keep up the good work sir. I appreciate it, stimulates the mind. It is the writers and readers of the world who are carrying the fire thru this dark valley.
Well worth the wait!
Looking forward to the Underworld tour!
Take however much time you need between essays. They are worth the wait.
Thank you, Paul, for the first installment of essays. I very much look forward to the next set.
What you have created here is the necessary--even essential--conversation as far as I am concerned. I am thankful to you (and to everyone here) that I can, in whatever small way, participate.
No rush at all on future essays. Though periodic updates are always appreciated to keep the conversation going.
I hope all is well with you and your family. Be well.
Look forward to part two and three. No need to rush anything. This is important writing.
Thank you for all your work Mr. Kingsnorth. It is very much appreciated.