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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

“The consumption of blogs is often avid and occasionally obsessive.”

posted by on July 17 at 14:50 PM

You think? The Wall Street Journal today has a piece about the 10th anniversary of the advent of blogs, and a dozen people—Newt Gingrich, Tom Wolfe, Mia Farrow (!?)—list their favorite blogs and opine about about, you know, what it all means.

(Digression: Slog is not mentioned—the outrage!—although the word “slogging” comes up in the throat-clearing intro—

…The spell check on Microsoft Word has yet to awaken to the concept of the blog. Type in “blogging,” for instance, and you will promptly earn a disapproving underscore in red, with the suggestion that “bogging,” “clogging,” “flogging” or “slogging” (unappetizing alternatives all) might, in truth, be the word you seek.

—but that’s it.)

Worth noting: I found the link to this story on the lit blog Maud Newton, one of the blogs mentioned in the WSJ piece. I found it in the column to the right called “Remainders.” It’s just links to other stuff, but it’s the best little list of literary links on the interweb. This site, while packed with stuff, has been known to put one to sleep.

Here’s what Maud’s got in the remainders column just now: The revivification (again!) of Ayn Rand; the drinking habits of Iris Murdoch and the publishing world in general (“The more lavish the book launch and delicious the wine, the less literary cachet the book is likely to have”); the fight over Derrida’s papers; a Nobel Prize winner’s plans to release her next book for free (on, you guessed it, the interweb); what font choices reveal about you as a person; The Gainesville Sun setting “a new typo-per-sentence record” (better than The Strangers’s?); and more.

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"The spell check on Microsoft Word has yet to awaken to the concept of the blog"

Er, it has on mine. Are we talking about some crappy outdated mac version of Office or something?

Posted by art | July 17, 2007 3:10 PM

Given the nature of the internet, it's not surprising that the accuracy of the WSJ's claim of a ten-year anniversary is being hotly debated. Most people think it's more like eleven. [crunchnotes]

But, yeah. Maud Newton's 'blog is great.

Posted by josh | July 17, 2007 3:13 PM

Actually, this was in the Saturday edition of the Wall Street Journal (at least the print edition).

And I had a blog way before "the beginning of blogs" - that's why I don't have one anymore.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 17, 2007 4:01 PM

Regarding book launch parties: good wine and good books should go together, it's sad when poor publishing houses can't afford anything but YellowTail. Oh god. The oak

Posted by Katelyn | July 17, 2007 5:04 PM

That's crappy. Slog is perhaps one of the only blogs worth reading on the net. It's consistently one of the most entertaining & informative, anyway.

Posted by Thom | July 17, 2007 5:14 PM

'Gainesville' with an 'e'.

Posted by Grant Cogswell | July 17, 2007 5:37 PM

right. fixed. hilarious, given context.

Posted by christopher frizzelle | July 17, 2007 5:55 PM

I'm still reeling to find out that a foundation is throwing money at Universities to teach Ayn Rand.

What next? The philosophy of Jackie Collins? The ideology of Jaqueline Sussan? At least THOSE romance novelists wrote interesting books.

Posted by Catalina Vel-Duray | July 18, 2007 6:43 AM

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