Sometimes you notice things that surprise you. We realized this week that the Mirror has been in production for over six years now. Maybe not that long relative to the life span of a sea turtle, but we never thought we would be around this long.
The first article was published on June 26, 2015. We led with this quote:
“Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them—if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry.”
― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
The Mirror has never been the product of inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs and fools. If anything, it has been about showing up and doing the work–nothing grand or great, just the showing up and doing the work of giving voice to many on the Shore that doesn’t really have one. That is why, for good or bad, the comments section has always been open, and pretty much a free-for-all.
We would like to thank all the people that have helped us carry out this experiment over the years: Paul Plante, Charles Landis, Chaz Cornweller, Ray Otton, Sorin Varzaru, Mike Kuzma, and many other commentators.
There are some folks that don’t like rough talk though:
How much longer? Not sure, but there is a trigger that will lead to the last edition. You will know when it happens. Until then, let’s get back to work.