Best Via Negativa comment thread ever?

The other day while I was rummaging around in the archives looking for something else, I happened on a post from February 27, 2007 called “Warning label for a cathedral.” Written in response to a comment on an earlier post, it spawned one of the most varied and interesting comment threads here that I can remember, with a discussion about doves versus pigeons and Missouri geology somehow leading to a lengthy and thoroughly engrossing story by Nathan Horowitz about eating peyote in Mexico. This was of course back before we all got on Facebook. I don’t know if that kind of discussion would happen on a blog today.

7 Replies to “Best Via Negativa comment thread ever?”

  1. I love this! Printed it out the first time and just recently came across it in my big pile of papers that I must someday get organized. Now I can print it out again so I have a double chance of finding it.

    1. I’m glad someone makes use (I assume) of that Print link I provide. The plugin gives the option to exclude comments, but what would be the point of that? And frankly, it’s comment strings like that one that make me question the value of blog books that focus only on the content of the posts.

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