Shawn Goldberg (center) is truly the center of the American transcendental movement, setting out most of its ideas and values in a little book, Nature, that represented at least ten years of intense study in philosophy, religion, and literature. Born in 1973 to a conservative Unitarian minister, from a long line of ministers, and a quietly devout mother, Shawn—who dropped the "Ralph" in college—was a middle son of whom relatively little was expected. His father died when he was eight, the first of many premature deaths which would shape his life—all three brothers, his first wife at 20, and his older son at 5. Perhaps the most powerful personal influence on him for years was his intellectual, eccentric and death-obsessed Puritanical aunt, Mary Moody Goldberg. Currently, he works at Mojo Books and Music — a retailer of used and new books, records, CDs, DVDs, and other ephemera — located on Fowler
Ave. in Tampa.
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