Watercolor self-portrait #3, by William Eaton, 15 Sep 2017

Self-portrait, October 2017

Surviving the Twenty-First Century offers a mind and sensibility doing its best work. Engaged, non-doctrinaire, well-read, independent-minded, pressurized toward the good and serious questions, Eaton shows us that in an age of media distraction and academic specialization a thinking person can still make a path. His freelance ruminations are provocative–they invite the reader into the game.” — Sven Birkerts, author of The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age.

“A collection of essays full of insights and speculations, and very enjoyable to read. What other writer could find a bond among Tolstoy’s Yasnaya Polyana, Camus’ Oran, negative and positive rights, a Russian landlady, and LBJ? In the Eaton world linkages are everywhere. It takes his guidance for us to see them.” — Nahid Rachlin, author of Persian Girls (memoir), Foreigner and Jumping Over Fire (novels)

“William Eaton finds arresting themes in unusual places — gazing at deer becomes a site for a meditation on natural science. Coffee in Paris becomes a site for exploring wanderlust and the allure of home. Coffee with a teenager becomes a site for probing silence.  The writing is masterful and wonderfully absorbing.” — Edward F. Mooney, author of On Søren Kierkegaard: Dialogue, Polemics, Lost Intimacy and Time


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