Not good-bye, but good-bye

  • Not good-bye, but good-bye

    Posted by Peter Barus on March 19, 2024 at 9:46 pm

    Dear friends,

    I have been a member for, I forget, dog’s years. I had been working on a book for a decade when Iain burst open my horizon, and signed up right away, and I must admit it excited me that there was a nonprofit publishing his work. Something like that would be perfect for what I plan to do with my work, although not nearly at the scale or with the credentials Iain brings. It seems to me that this work not only aligns with my own findings, but ties together the loose ends I have wrestled with so long.

    At this point, while my work and my aspirations have not diminished, I’m nevertheless an old man living on a fixed income, participating in may activities requiring subscription fees, and now I’m looking at the situation through the cold left-hemispheric right eye of scarcity-and-accounting (André Orléan, Howard Richards). It appears that I must withdraw at this time, if I am to remain solvent and get my own work accomplished.

    I’m grateful beyond words for Iain, and Jonathan, and the wonder of it all as portrayed with such artistry and rigor. I’ve shared Iain’s work with my favorite people (and indeed anyone else who would listen), and engaged some of them with Iain directly in Q&A, to our tremendous delight.

    This is not a parting of the ways by any stretch of imagination, I will follow avidly until I drop. But I will have to pass up many future encounters, in many areas of interest, and will not complain. I’ve outlived our average allotted span. What more could one ask?

    I’ll wave as we pass, whenever we do, and wish you all success.




    Peter Barus

    Author, “Maters of Life and Death: Essays in Budō” (2013)

    Work in progress: “Surviving Extinction at the Dawn of the Attention Age”

    I acknowledge that the daily destruction of thousands of families and plunder of their homelands provides the energy and resources that now sustain my life.

    Anthony Bremner replied 3 months, 4 weeks ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • Anthony Bremner

    March 23, 2024 at 4:02 am

    Good luck Peter. I really felt quite moved by your farewell, and wish you all the best in whatever follows 🙂

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