Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder
My current fun-book is Robert Kanigel's The One Best Way,…
Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2001 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.
My current fun-book is Robert Kanigel's The One Best Way, a biography of Frederick W. Taylor. An offhanded remark about transcendentalists seized me -- what's the name of the transcendentalist journal that Emerson started? Ah, yes, The Dial.
Taylor's dad gave him rather touching parental advice when Fred was off at college. It made me tear up to see a dad's letter with that heartfelt compassionate sentiment. If I ever have children, I want to honor them so much. I'm not sure I could stand it. Maybe no one is, until going through with it.