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16 February 2005, 5:53 AM
Well, and Your Humble Blogger is hitting the proverbial road, and will therefore likely not be posting for a few days. Back on Sunday, I think, refreshed and all.
Looks like we have a few days to take over the blog. I'm declaring this an open thread, for starters. Does anyone know how to start a new entry when this one fills up?
February 17, 2005 4:31 PM
here, i was emailed this piece on BS, maybe we could have a "write like vardibidian" contest. or maybe it's too long.
February 18, 2005 1:07 AM
I'm not sure I could identify enough of vardibidian's writing idiosyncracies. The surface level of discussing his Best Reader and Perfect Non-Reader, addressing his Gentle Readers, sure. But it's difficult (for me) to differentiate among generally discursive styles. I suppose there's the perpetual optimism -- a uniquely American trait, if I remember correctly. A tendency to focus on political news and consumed media rather than furniture styles and consumed food. A habit of completing his thoughts, and using complete sentences to do so with only occasional interjections. Hmph.
February 18, 2005 9:16 AM
i'm not sure where to place the tone - it's slightly out of context - a mix of pre-modern, modern, and post-modern - both progressive and historical - belief in prestige culture, and in individual equality - with lots of humility to pull it off. tricky to imitate because distinctive points on which you can usually hang a parody or theft are carefully sanded down, or they're personally intimate. as a method of talking about stuff, it's very useful.
it owes some to john carroll, which is excellent, very good taste; but less hurried, less catchy, i like this, too. where else v. has plundered i have no idea, but i'm sure they are also excellently tasteful thefts.
what i like most though is - hmm, i sense an uncertainty principle moment coming - that there is always a sense that a sentence is about to burst out laughing, either at the public joke, or some private thought.
February 18, 2005 1:53 PM
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