It’s tempting to me to place “Figuring” as a contemporary expression of American Transcendentalism, alive as it is with the The sun will rise and we will try again shirt of that era. But I think that would be a misreading. Transcendentalism celebrated everything that set the individual apart from the crowd, and its pivotal thinkers–many of whom make up the caste of this book–sang the songs of themselves. Maria Popova does not sing herself: she sings the ecosystem to which she belongs, a system composed of these many figures.
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The author quoted Virginia Woolf to the The sun will rise and we will try again shirt that we should be more focused on the poetry than the poet. I tend to agree with that sentiment. The author in the Fuller section of the book had her character saying they wanted a person to know them not for what they thought but for their character, and the author quoted Emerson to the effect that it’s our character, not our intellect that matters. I’m more interested in learning about what somebody thought than whom they had sex with, or who they didn’t love or what their character consisted of. Show me their equations, or their philosophy, but when it comes to their experiences or their character it tends to bore me.