This blog is named in honor of Emerson, whose essays I've come to enjoy a great deal. Particularly fine is his essay on Montaigne, the inventor of the form. Here's a quote, taken almost at random, that intrigues me: "The studious class are their own victims: they are thin and pale, their feet are cold, their heads are hot, the night is without sleep, the day a fear of interruption,—pallor, squalor, hunger, and egotism."
Is the "studious class" like this in general? There are exceptions. It's been some time since anyone accused me of being thin, though I may be pale. I don't think I have cold feet or a hot head. As for the other stuff, I should probably just plead the Fifth.
I do love knowing people who are not of the studious class.