“What’s your road, man? — holyboy road, madman road, rainbow road, guppy road, any road. It’s an anywhere road for anybody anyhow …” — Kerouac
If you’ve hung around Literary Kicks for a while (and, yes, it certainly has been a while), you know this website is always in the process of becoming something else. That’s probably why the site is still alive, why it’s managed for so long to remain essentially itself.
As the year 2015 begins, I sense a new pivot coming along, and like always the transformation will be gradual. I am beginning a new writing project, though I’m not quite ready to show anything yet. The main result so far has been my lack of activity here. I try to publish at least one new blog post a week, but I think the blogging schedule on this site will have to remain slow for a little while longer, until I get this new thing up and running.
As for what the new thing is: well, all I can say at this point is that the goal I have chosen will challenge me to the core. For this to succeed, I will need to write with greater intensity, frequency and consistency in 2015 than I managed to do in 2014. This challenge frankly frightens me, as do the specters of failure and discouragement, though I know I am committed to pushing through and not giving up.
A couple of teasers. It probably won’t surprise my Litkicks peeps that this new writing project will explore questions of history, politics and ethics. Or, let me put it this way: here on Litkicks, philosophy won’t be just for weekends anymore.
So this is where I’m going next, and even though I can’t say more at this point, I want to share my feeling of excitement about this coming change. I hope you will all join me on the journey that is about to begin.
This blog post is inspired by Lila Lefty Brown Stein, my beloved stepmother, who died in the final week of 2014. I know Lila lived a very happy life, though her last couple of years were made difficult by a painful illness she didn’t deserve. Lila and I always got along great, and were even bridge partners for a weekly game that occupied my Sunday evenings for 13 years (she was the only person who could put up with my, shall we say, imaginative approach to bidding, and sometimes we actually won).
Lila was always supportive of this blog, and for some reason I always remember the one time she made a point of mentioning to me that she’d really liked an article I wrote. It was this piece about William James’s theory of emotion, and while I’m not sure exactly why Lila liked this blog post, the fact that she made a point of mentioning it to me means it must be the best thing I’ve ever written. Anyway, for the final word, here’s my father’s short note about Lila.
And with that … let our next journeys begin.