Nibley’s family organization Hugh Nibley & Associates has organized a Twitter feed and a new blog, HughNibley.net, dedicated to Hugh Nibley’s work. The Twitter feed includes quotes from Hugh at least once every day, as if he were tweeting, which I’m sure he would scoff at, but is fun nonetheless. What would Nibley write in a 140-character sound bite? You’d be surprised some of the concise, off-beat, meaningful, spot on, quirky, poignant, strange, and humorous things that have already been posted.
The HughNibley.net blog is meant to publish more of Hugh Nibley’s work, including ebooks, and new materials. They explain:
This blog is made up mostly of material from Nibley’s unpublished writings, interviews and conversations. We think you will find the posts here entertaining, thought-provoking, and perhaps even sometimes enlightening.
The blog notes three considerations:
- Much of what appears here was never intended for public consumption. Hugh Nibley was a careful editor when preparing his work for publication and made sure what his text said was what he really meant. Many of the letters and conversation you will see here were candid and unguarded, and may contain things he would not have said if he had taken time to edit himself.
- Many of these posts are based on material several decades old, and on certain subjects Hugh Nibley changed his mind over the years.
- Hugh Nibley often spoke and wrote in an ironic voice, and what he said wasn’t always what he meant. Those close to him knew that, but it isn’t always apparent to others.
Sounds like there will be some interesting materials to read, if you’ve enjoyed reading Nibley’s work in the past. The blog notes they will even be taking comments on the articles posted, even critical ones.
The first article posted is entitled “Hugh Nibley’s Muse” and recounts a letter he wrote to his grandmother at the young age of 25, in which he tells of his experience trying to answer the question, “what is the best way to pass one’s life?” It is classic Nibley, and worth a read, particularly as it relates to the subject of faith.
They are accepting letters, personal stories, recordings, and other anecdotes about Hugh Nibley from anyone who might have them, which may be published on the blog.
I wonder what Hugh would think about all this. Personally, I’m looking forward to it! What do you think? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments.