Posted by The Happy Tutor
The good Inspector Lohmann, On Blogging. He writes a few thousand words and is still just clearing his throat. He is not the Montaigne, but the Dr. Johnson of blogging. We need a Boswell to sit with him and record his evening thoughts, by the fire, drinking mulled wine. I glumly watch bloggers I knew "in the old days" becoming more tried and true, more socially acceptable, as their blog becomes part of their official play-it-safe identity, or becomes an act for money, like all the others. But Lohmann is incorruptibly himself - eccentric? Well, not square, that is for sure. Definitely out of balance with his times. A man of the book who writes on line. Actually, he said the piece was cribbed from a mostly unpublished 14 part disquisition he wrote in 2004, so maybe that accounts for the tone that reminds me so of what blogging used to be, before it got so tame. Even back then we were saying the Golden Age had passed, and it probably had, if you what you enjoy is the ragged edges, the night thoughts, the compulsive stuff that people mutter online to prevent themselves from going crazy in a society that has forgotten all about Montaigne. We thought then that blogging was a latrine in a seedy bar on whose walls we could scribble unwelcome truths. Now we realize that the whole place is wired, and nowhere else do we have less privacy than online. Not that I personally give a shit, since I don't exist - I am just a Fetish Action Figure, so I can be as bad as I want. Yup, I did say shit. It is an Augustan conceit, so fuck yourself. You want me to make you read a poem to prove it? Then shut up.