Sunday, April 10, 2005

belle eau

In order to write, he claimed, he needed to tear up his life. James Atlas re Saul Bellow.
Has some Blogger Conference studied exactly how many Bellovian bloggers are out there? Summon the men and women of Social Science. Let them quantify how much of the social fabric is being torn up in order that we may blog.

6 Comments:

Blogger Brian said...

Well, I know blogging has ruined my golf game, isolated me from my wife and children and caused me to lose interest in making money. Have I torn up my life to blog or has blogging torn up my life?

Good question. I will not be attending any conferences to discover the answer. Or contribute.

4/12/2005 3:49 PM  
Blogger Tom Matrullo said...

Well I for one am glad you blog, however dire the consequences or causes. But here's an odd thing - if Nietzsche were alive today, and had a blog, and blogged every day - or Pascale, or Freud - would we read it every day? Perhaps. But now we have a few thou Neetches, a few hunnerd Pascs, and who among us men who live now can count the infinite tribe of Freuds. I use bloglines and wonder where X has found time, since I last found time to click on his/her blog, to have blogged 19 times, while Y has blogged 200 times, and Z etc. How many families, livelihoods and golf swings have shrivelled to unrecognizeable appendages? How else could it be? This blither seems not to bother most blithely blathering bloggers, but it has long been bothering me. This is not to say that I do not encounter something more special, more interesting, more witty when I do my tour than anything I could hope to find in commodity media. I do. My little guess is that after this explosion of human inventiveness and uninventiveness, if truth be told, the sane will blog more rarely.

4/12/2005 9:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's more like he tore up Delmore Schwarz's life. And in identifying Herzog's obsessional letter-writing he nailed what's the best and the worst about blogs.

-klaus

4/13/2005 9:12 PM  
Blogger Jon Husband said...

I think nyou're onto something interesting here ...

This blither seems not to bother most blithely blathering bloggers, but it has long been bothering me. This is not to say that I do not encounter something more special, more interesting, more witty when I do my tour than anything I could hope to find in commodity media. I do. My little guess is that after this explosion of human inventiveness and uninventiveness, if truth be told, the sane will blog more rarely.

... and I also wonder whther there are forms a-birthing, say variations of something halfway between a *conventional* blog and magazines or books or newsletters or pamphlets or series of essays ... What patterns and shapes may occur after someone has a five or ten or twenty year body of blogging work. Will we discern and find ways of stitching together lines of enquiry or criticism or research when cryptically disguised as blog posts. amidst all the opinionating and blowing off of emotional energy ?

Clearly people like to express themselves ... this desire or compulsion is where more new possibilities may open up ... it's been interesting to watch how orkut (remember that ?), friendster, linkedin, etc., etc. have fared .... and then along comes something like Flickr, or the stuttering but rapid evolution of many metadata nd integration-related capabilities that hint at usefulness, fun and deep impacts upon language and meaning-making ...

Let alone blogging, I found myself wondering what people did when there were not TV's serving to isolate people psychologically and physically ... I'm chuckling, I came up with gather-around-the-radio, read or sing family and folk songs around the table after dinner ...

When did golf start getting popular, in the middle-class (white ??) man's life on a widespread basis, so as to take up time in one's life .. 60's ? 70's ? 90's ? Different way of holding a conversation with a few duys, isn't that one of the main reasons ? Is blogging sorta like mind golfing ? Great posts are like aces or eadles to oneself I guess, just as reading someone else' posts you emjoy are like watching great golf shots and then using those to meander into closer, more intimate reveals of concern, interest, belief, business ... conversations that matter between participants in a process.

I think that tearing up one's life in order to play with it, examine it and experience it whilst living it is an interesting proposition ... and if blogging is a good way to participate and experiment in that , I'm all for it ... for me it helps me to stay closer to questions, self-expression, and learning to deal with ongoing ambiguity.

4/15/2005 8:41 PM  
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10/01/2005 7:04 PM  
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10/03/2005 2:52 AM  

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