”The philosophical remarks in this book are, as it were, a number of sketches of landscapes which were made in the course of these long and involved journeys.” Wittgenstein’s preface to Philosophical Investigations quoted by Moeller and D’Ambrosio, Genuine Pretending: on the philosophy of the Zhuangzi (Columbia, 2017), p. 170. They add, ”Perhaps unbeknownst to their authors, most philosophical books, if not all of them, are such albums—including the Zhuangzi.


Boots heavier step-

by-step, new snow ground into

old. I come up to

Canadian geese

heads down in the Bay. A bit

of Chinese painting.

A Daoist sage, or

Wittgenstein, wanders here in

no one’s perspective.


Author: Tom D'Evelyn

Tom D'Evelyn is a private editor and writing tutor in Cranston RI and, thanks to the web, across the US and in the UK. He can be reached at D'Evelyn has a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley. Before retiring he held positions at The Christian Science Monitor, Harvard University Press, Boston University and Brown University. He ran a literary agency for ten years, publishing books by Leonard Nathan and Arthur Quinn, among others. Before moving to Portland OR he was managing editor at Single Island Press, Portsmouth NH. He blogs at and other sites.

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