“Life anyhow, particularly life as we live it these modern days—is going rapidly from one thing to another—incidents, people, a great mélange . . . “
Walt Whitman said the above words to Horace Traubel (1858 – 1919) sometime between 1888 and 1892. Traubel visited Whitman, in the final years of Whitman’s life, and recorded Whitman’s words about life, writing, religion, philosophy, etc. Traubel published the first of nine volumes of conversations with Whitman in 1906 as, Walt Whitman in Camden.
Author Brenda Wineapple edited Traubel’s nine volumes into one book. She published it in 2019 as, Walt Whitman Speaks: His Final Thoughts on Life, Writing, Spirituality, and the Promise of America as told to Horace Traubel.
Over 130 years ago, Walt Whitman said that life was “going rapidly from one thing to another.” What would Walt Whitman say about life in these modern days?