By Haven Kimmel
Whilst Haven Kimmel used to be born in 1965, Mooreland, Indiana, was once a sleepy little hamlet of 3 hundred humans. Nicknamed "Zippy" for a way she might bolt round the condo, this small lady used to be possessed of massive eyes or even larger ears. during this witty and lovingly advised memoir, Kimmel takes readers again to a time while small-town the USA was once stuck within the amber of the blameless postwar period--people helped their acquaintances, went to church on Sunday, and saved barnyard animals of their backyards.
Laced with high quality storytelling, sharp wit, dead-on observations, and moments of sheer pleasure, Haven Kimmel's straight-shooting portrait of her youth provides us a heroine who's splendidly candy and sly as she navigates the quirky grownup global that surrounds Zippy.
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He will find existence in 30 Space, Time, Motion, and Rest • 31 movement, in the reverie or in the walk, as if doubling the self—not by separating mind and body, but by opening the space of memory in which the recognition of meaning takes place. This movement allows Rousseau to think of what is moving or affecting in the cogito: to speak of a feeling of existence. Feeling the movement of the mind itself, Rousseau echoes what could be called the affirmative moment implicit in Descartes’ cogito: the possibility of transforming utmost doubt into absolute certainty is contingent on the emptiness of the cogito, on its being purely reflexive thinking, affirmed over and above all contents of thought.
The reading and the dedication of the writing become related, and the title of Plutarch’s essay provides a characterization of the condition Rousseau finds himself in: “The moments of rapture and ecstasy which I sometimes experienced during these solitary walks were joys I owed to my persecutors; without them I should never have known or discovered the treasures that lay within me” (36). 1 What makes the difference is that the restatement is not an homage, but an ironic duplication that casts doubt on the intention of the one who swears to that principle.
I shall content myself with keeping a record of my readings without trying to reduce them to a system. (33) The formless record of the Reveries, then, is not merely opposed to Descartes’ orderly and methodical inquiry that puts together one day after another. It also sets an opposition between establishing knowledge based on first principles and discovering the soul by way Space, Time, Motion, and Rest • 37 of its world. Existence is not a matter of knowledge, it is sensed in the return to the self that opens to the world.