Saturday, January 20, 2007

Fee Ear and Low Think in Lost Wages

"We live in a jungle of pending disasters." - Hunter S. Thompson
"Fiction is often the best fact." - William Faulkner

Blogging is sometimes denigrated as the poor man's journalism. Maybe most bloggers do not write well enough to be hired as professional journalists...well, not maybe...we don't. But if you get hooked as both a consumer and creator of blog entries, it's because you perceive value; professionalism doesn't really matter.

One of the things I value in blogging is its in-your-face subjectivity, its blend of fact and fiction, its often blatant disregard for "just the facts, Ma'am...just the facts." That might explain why I like the blended genres of fantasy and science fiction in literature, the over-the-top, cult-status movies like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, or musicians who thumb their noses at the formulaic, opting instead to pick and choose riffs and rhythms from anything that catches their fancy.

I don't like being boxed in. I am still a child who became an autonomous semi-adult in the 60s, still carrying a torch for rebellion, flower power, hippies, and counter-culture - all the while appreciating the rewards of business, industry, and the establishment.

I value the equilibrium of family life and the subversion of the anarchist alike. I love Jesus and embrace Satan. I fear cancer and welcome its blessings.

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