Wednesday, May 16, 2012
This blog is a curious thing. Some posts work, in ways I didn't know I was capable of allowing. Others, just don't work at all. The posts where I rambled were crap!
In the first case, I have several sources for the reader to check. I was illustrating history, not just my own wishes. (I saved those for the end, the weakest part of the essay, I felt.) So I'm most proud of Frank Caliendo paired up with Gramsci, and my essay on Reagan's Roadmap. Even better is comparing things in the present to history. I always feel I'm cheating the reader by only using a few quotes at the start.
The second case, the post doesn't do what the blog was intended for. All I really wanted from this blog was an energetic quip or two to metabolize the news. I realize now that's an awful way to go about it. There's just no frame of reference allowed for the reader to have. It's the subject posing as the object -- or in plain English, it's just a fairy tale.
From now on, the commentary will be one of two things: in essay form, with citations, or in poetry. I want to be proud of my work. A lot of it depresses me. If it were a song, most of theses posts would be Dr Dre's music, before G Funk. The grand "game" in history was fun to write, maybe even therapeutic, but I'm not sure how true it is. I want to speak from history. The rest is bullshit.