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The holiday of The Me

In Culture, Curious Notions on December 26, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Christmas is a holiday for ourselves. We feel good about buying presents for others, just as receiving gifts makes us feel better about our own self-worth. It’s the rare holiday that is about making ourselves smile just as much as seeing others do the same. Call it capitalism, pragmatism, fun or human nature. Whatever you call it, I hope you enjoyed it.

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Blogging 101: Fears and Subliminations

In Blog Culture on December 25, 2010 at 1:34 am

Blogging is fun, but also difficult. I access my blog (almost) every day in order to check my stats, layout and overall choice in content. Yes, even after I post I will sometimes regret having done so. It’s nerve-racking, but you get used to it.

Sometimes I slam my metaphorical head into my screen in an (oftentimes) fruitless attempt at coming up with a topic. I’ve spoken to several colleagues about my blogging (Andy and Heat, I’m lookin’ at you two) and have struck upon only a few truths: keep the posts short, frequent and interesting. It sounds like a metaphor for sex and can be just as tiresome.

My biggest bitch is “what exactly am I going to write about?” Sometimes I don’t post. Sometimes I just write and leave a post unfinished for several days. Sometimes such drafts get “left behind” (har har) in the proverbial “to do pile” only to be revisited and determined to be no longer timely or simply dull.

What I am often told is “keep blogging!” Well, that’s much easier said then done. A watchful blog reader will notice I don’t always post on a regular basis. Sometimes I post every day for a week, while other weeks receive barely a post. (I *intend* to rectify that, so just sit tight.) What I truly despise about my blogging is when I feel forced to do so. The posts I (literally) churn out due to a sense of obligation are oftentimes the ones I dislike and the ones my readers dislike.

What have I learned since I’ve started blogging? The best posts are the passionate ones. Even if it’s short, as long as you write with fervor (don’t forget to spellcheck!) and from a place of intelligence, you will go far. But, even then there are times where the posts I put little effort or research into are the ones EVERYBODY hits. So, who knows? Give your all most of the time and you should be alright. Sounds like a metaphor or life, doesn’t it?

Who’s a bohemian?

In Art, Culture, Curious Notions, Drink on December 4, 2010 at 3:00 am

I’ve been reading this book on the bohemian lifestyle called Among the Bohemians: Experiments in Living: 1900-1939. It reminds me of a prose version of the Broadway play Rent in that it both inspires and pisses me off.

The book is 290 pages in length (not counting appendices and index) and while I am only 39 pages in to it, what I will say on “bohemia” and “la vie boheme” is this: it is romantic. It also demands a certain naivete. A form of naivete I find both adorable (inspiring) and irritating (it pisses me off).

Why?

Cover photograph from "Among the Bohemians" by Virginia Nicholson. Photo by Peregrine McClean.

Because who doesn’t want to live the bohemian lifestyle? It is, in many ways, the ultimate “progressive” ideal. Free love, intellectualism, creativity, art, adventure, pure philosophy, individualism (but also strongly based in community), new ideas, less materialism. As Craig Ferguson(yes, the talk show host) said in a recent Doctor Who-themed opener: “the triumph of intellect and romance over brute force and cynicism.”

While that phrase does resonate with me, the problem with any “progressive” idea is that it’s relative. It’s relative in that what is “progressive” to me, may be conservative to someone else. I have little doubt that my friend Charles (who posts on here from time to time) would agree. I’m sure he and I could be quite bohemian in discussing this topic, as well: jazz music on the iPod, red wine in glasses, stretched out on my living room rug or his old living room couch.

What is “progressive?” Can anyone answer me with their own opinion? I submit that to you, my readers…