On Self Reliance: The author's facile merger through his callow misreading of Emerson and an ignorant real estate tout disqualifies him as a responsible thinker.
His glib putdown of a non-existent Emerson reminds me of our moronic GOP presidential primaries. It's the inevitable result of Rash Lamebrain's "Wrexcellence in Broadcasting". A generation of telepathic infantilization has demeaned our entire culture.
I used to tell my Am Lit students that a society that doesn't metabolize its great writers loses its mind. I'm sad to have been so prescient. Patrick D.Hazard, Weimar, Germany.