My former Blue Ear colleague Tim Walker in Austin, Texas had very kind words for this project on its very first day of real existence:
"I've long taken it as an axiom that one thing the world needs more of is Ethan Casey's journalism. Ethan's an old friend and colleague; I was for several years a proud participant in his brainchild, Blue Ear, which helped me develop my writing chops as much as anything in my life. The good news is that Ethan's now online with a blog that's more than just a blog. It bears the hallmarks of his international experience and, above all, his thought. The man actually thinks."
This of course prompted me to visit Tim's blog, which he calls "TW's Outboard Brain". Tim actually thinks too, and is a very talented and principled writer who deserves to and will be a presence in American and world letters for many years to come. Another sample - Tim quoting the actress Uma Thurman, from a recent interview in Esquire magazine:
"It just comes back to being present and having a tremendous work ethic and accepting failure as a necessity for learning. None of it's final anyway. When it works, it's not final, and when it fails, it's not final. There's always another move."
Good advice for me to take to bed with me tonight (nearly 1 a.m. here in England as I write this), since lately I've been experiencing more failure than success. None of it's final anyway!