[Humanist] 29.13 happy birthday Humanist

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Sat May 9 08:37:29 CEST 2015


                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 29, No. 13.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Andrew Brook <Andrew.Brook at carleton.ca>                    (6)
        Subject: Re:  29.5 happy birthday Humanist!

  [2]   From:    Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>          (22)
        Subject: thanks


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        Date: Fri, 8 May 2015 21:41:37 -0400
        From: Andrew Brook <Andrew.Brook at carleton.ca>
        Subject: Re:  29.5 happy birthday Humanist!
        In-Reply-To: <20150508050356.2E1D06437 at digitalhumanities.org>

I agree, congratulations to Willard for running one of the longest 
activities in IT history. Andrew

-- 
Andrew Brook, D. Phil., Chancellor's Professor of Philosophy and 
Cognitive Science Emeritus, President, Canadian Psychoanalytic Society, 
3A57 Paterson Hall, Carleton University, Ottawa K1S5B6, Ph: 613 520 3597



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        Date: Sat, 09 May 2015 07:22:35 +0100
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: thanks
        In-Reply-To: <20150508050356.2E1D06437 at digitalhumanities.org>

I'm grateful to Andrew Brook, Charles Faulhaber, Ernesto Priego, Andrew 
Prescott and everyone else who has sent or thought congratulations on 
the longevity of Humanist, now two days into its 30th year. Convention 
prevents calling it the 30th birthday until that milestone has actually 
been reached, next 7 May. We wait until then to pop corks. But, in 
preparation, I've just run through a long list of those who must share 
in the blame -- only to conclude that everyone who has been or now is 
here must be in the dock. Humanist is the expression of a quite 
remarkable community of thought and practice and would never have 
happened nor continued without it. From birth Humanist has been too old 
to be the next new thing's cheerleader, too eccentric and curious to be 
a political force and far too multivocal to submit to defining its 
elusive subject or writing its manifesto. If virtues are to be listed, 
let me suggest the power of habit (with coffee as or before the sun 
rises), the pleasure of holding forth, the determination to do what you 
want to do and a certain ambitious restlessness. 

Allow me to quote the poet Gary Snyder's "Why Log Truck Drivers
Rise Earlier than Students of Zen":

> In the high seat, before-dawn dark,
> Polished hubs gleam
> And the shiny diesel stack
> Warms and flutters
> Up the Tyler Road grade
> To the logging on Poorman creek.
> Thirty miles of dust.
> 
> There is no other life.


Yours,
WM
-- 
Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), Professor, Department of Digital
Humanities, King's College London, and Digital Humanities Research
Group, University of Western Sydney



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