On suggestion, and because I thought it was a good idea, I have restored Josh’s Cutting Through the Fog and Vexman’s Thoughts to the blogroll below (or to the side, depending on your tool). Throughout the controversy that swept us over with publication of Kevin Starr’s genealogy on Miles Mathis (since taken down) and Bob Zherunkel’s insightful piece on the unlikelihood of a Newton-style genius operating in the shadows of Taos, New Mexico, I have, oddly, never felt any animosity towards any of the players.
This much is apparent:
- The Miles Mathis Group operates as a release valve, and what is written there is usually of value. There is no reason to be distant from it.
- Josh is obviously connected to the group in some manner, or is a fanboy. Either way, he is both harmless and interesting at once.
- Vexman presented an alternative view of history that I simply could not swallow, and I treated him poorly. He should not be a writer on this blog, but he should be a person of interest to anyone willing to objectively weigh all viewpoints.
So here we are. It is kind of like billiards, where forces interact and balls get moved around the table, some into the pockets, others to block pockets or to be used in combinations. I am happy that “Miles,” “Josh” and “Vexman” are still on the table, as well as this blog.
This is not some grandiose gesture to make nicey. It is just a recognition that I do not now, nor have I ever, had any bad feelings towards any of the people involved. I may not understand the dynamics, but I am still having fun, and I hope you are as well.
I happily restore the links and … wander into the jungle unarmed with anything but a smile. These are not bad people. I never thought that of them.