Why a blog, though? Why now?
Well, for an important practical reason: I have been cluttering up my friends’ in boxes with repetitive rambling monologues on subjects that they – the friends – often haven’t even the slightest interest in. This needs to stop, while I have friends left. The internet is, of course, one huge collaborative rambling monologue; so it seems the ideal forum.
And don’t I have things to say! I feel like Bellow’s Herzog, my mind possessed by countless pressing thoughts on the most disparate subjects. “Some people thought he was cracked and for a time he himself had doubted that he was all there. But now, though he still behaved oddly, he felt confident, cheerful, clairvoyant, and strong. He had fallen under a spell and was writing letters to everyone under the sun… Hidden in the country, he wrote endlessly, fanatically, to the newspapers, to people in public life, to friends and relatives and at last to the dead, his own obscure dead, and finally the famous dead.”
Herzog wrote letters. But that’s only because he didn’t have a blog. If Bellow were writing today, there wouldn’t be even a whiff of madness about Herzog’s endeavour. He would be the darling of MySpace. (The thinking man’s geriatric1927.)