The Myth of Self-Reliance

I was far from immune to this essay. I underlined “the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.” But the more I looked back on it, the more I began to wrestle with the essay’s blind spot. I didn’t immediately see it, because the blind spot was also my own.

 Jenny Odell shares some thoughts on Emerson’s Self Reliance in The Paris Review