I have a number of reasons for doing this:
- My recent turn to thinking about tragedy has deep roots in my own personal and intellectual history, and it strikes me a good idea to revisit what I have of the record of that history. Part my interest here is a personal interest in reconstructing some of my own history. Part of it is an intellectual interest: there may be half-remembered (or even fully forgotten) things I once thought or wrote that might be of use, and not only in thinking about tragedy.
- Many of the relevant writings are unpublished, or are published in academic journals. By posting excerpts here, I can offer whatever insights they may contain to a broader audience.
- I am moving toward a more regular posting schedule for the blog, perhaps three times a week. Drawing from existing material will help me maintain that pace.
The way I framed the paper, though, prefigured the turn I would take, five years later, toward a focus on the built environment of the United States, and even my subsequent interest in the limits of ethics.
It was titled "The Earth, as Viewed from the Suburbs."