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Tuesday, 25 May 2004

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Mir

The concept of two sets of tongues is intriguing and very, very frightening at the same time.

Some people... particularly people of a "certain generation" (was that PC enough?) expect restaurant fare to be fabulous and expect home-cooked food to be filling and bland. I'm guessing your in-laws may be of that ilk. (I know my grandparents were like this and--like you--it always baffled me.)

As for your own view, of your blog or anything else... the very itch to ponder these things makes it unlikely, in my opinion, that you own a set of blinders like the ones described.

Genuine

Tastes better than chicken!

Chris

Interesting, thought provoking, all around meaty post. Vanity publishing? Nothing wrong with that. I think those of us who blog indulge in a certain amount of vanity on a regular basis.

Lee

I think it depends on how you view what a blog really is. Is it a diary? Is it a documentation of your life? Is it a place to just write and experiment with writing styles? Is it a place to practice your writing skills? Is it a place to express your viewpoints about politics, religion and various issues because no magazine or other "paper" published medium will have you?

I think anyone who is critical of themself will always view their blog with a different eye than others. that same person will be critical of everything else in their life. Cooking, blogging - nothing is safe.

Suzyn

I, too, love cooking, because it's not about thinking. It's about chopping and slicing, stirring and simmering and doing the work of creating something without worrying about what that something means--Zen and the Art of Smoked Pork, as it were. Does it taste good? Then you've done your job. Does it read well? Do you enjoy it? Does it bring you pleasure and satisfaction and challenge you? Then you're fine. Sometimes us liberal arts majors need to stop thinking so much--it isn't constructive, really, it's, as Helen Garp called it, 'building useless shelves.'

Melissa

Now see, when I think of my in laws, I wonder how they can see themselves as anything less than cruel and calculating evil people....do I have blinders?

I do the same thing (mentally comparing and evaluating everything I read and everything I write) and I think the blinding insecurity is part of this thing and drives me to try harder.

Though sometimes it makes me want to 'put my fingers in a blender' and move along with my weary life.

jilbur

I think it depends on how you view what a blog really is. Is it a diary? Is it a documentation of your life? Is it a place to just write and experiment with writing styles? Is it a place to practice your writing skills? Is it a place to express your viewpoints about politics, religion and various issues because no magazine or other "paper" published medium will have you?
Huh. I'd have to say d) none of the above. I guess I don't consider what I do here so much 'expression,' which seems to be about me having a need to put it out, as simply 'product'--that product, being textual. Creative, too, of course. Why did I start churning out 'product'? Really, I'm not quite sure why. It's kind of like asking why people want to have children, isn't it? There's no satisfactory answer. I haven't the slightest idea whether print publishers would 'have' me (what an enticing thought! I wonder if they're cute?), as I haven't given them a try, and candidly don't plan on it (unless they come begging, but I'm not holding my breath ... )

I think that my academic training comes into play here--I recognize a lot of intersections in the various forms of cultural products, so that complicates how I categorize them in my mind. Blogging is a format, not a genre, right? But it's still somewhat novel, and it's uncertain to me what kind of cultural product it's turning out to be. Whatever that is, I'm part of it somehow, now.

alice

I think you're too smart. Do like me and watch more television; you'll feel better. Let your brain rest. Feel your IQ descending. Ah--isn't that easier?

As for you having two tongues, all I can say is, EW. I'm glad we never met up in the city because that would have seriously FREAKED me out. A ha ha ha ha ha! Haaargh! Yeah.

Re: writing, cooking, similarities between: I don't think bad writing (which, hello, yours is so NOT) is as much of an assault as a bad meal. It's so much easier to walk away from someone's blog than it is to stand up from the dinner table and knock over a bowl of matzoh-ball soup. Although my son has no problem with this particular gesture.

Also--I just spent 24 hours with my in-laws, and as my blog is oh-so-public (because I had to be all, look at me! look at me, with my real name!) and I can't bitch with the abandon I'd like, your post was like a soothing balm to my inflamed nerves. (Speaking of bad metaphors.) I think I may now be clinically insane.

zeno

The writerly metaphor was magnificent, I am a fan of metaphor, especially when it is a sneaky way of fishing for compliments.

However, your fiching will certainly come up with a net full of big ones (see... metaphor). I come by quite often and I think your writing is excellent, It is well thought, well structured, well presented and, more than any of that shit, entertaining. And not in a light overfluffy Wonderbread way. You have substance and style and I like it.

OK, adoration over for the nonce... keep writing, I dine out all the time and this is at least of Michelin quality.

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