E-merson for the enthusiastic

If you've heard of Hemingway (and I'm not sure if you have), you've probably heard of this "Emerson" guy as well. And for $10 on the internet, you can read the collected works of Emerson—something that would cost you hundred or thousands of dollars in a paper copy.

Clearly Emerson was all about e-books, as Mick Sussman quotes, "'To those dwelling in the old,' wrote Emerson, the new 'comes like an abyss of skepticism,' but 'the eye soon gets wonted to it' as its 'innocency and benefit appear.'" Since disagreeing with Emerson makes you a terrorist (he was a great American!), e-books must be great. Quod erat demonstrandum.


  1. Just to let you know for your own analytical reference, the "damn that's old" posts are consistently my faves. Keep 'em comin'.

  2. Oh well then, that's all the proof we need. If Emerson says it's OK, it's OK.

    But I'm still in the "abyss of skepticism" phase.

  3. I love the transitive property put to use to defend e-books via Emerson. Now let's see if she can use Murphy's Law and Shakespeare!

  4. Well, Snarky, as the Bard said, "Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind." Since Murphy's Law ensures that your givers will be unkind, it is in all of our best interests to pre-order the e-reader we surely won't get.

    I know, I know, you're impressed. Then again, "The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose."