OK, I've slowly been making my way through the backlog of writing I
missed during my two weeks of vacation. It's kind of strange
coming back and looking at some of the "controversies" that consumed
the blogosphere while I was away (reaction to Brian Hibbs' column on bookstore
and manga sales
; whether or not superheroes are a genre worthy
of serious criticism
; whether or not superheroes are even
in the first place; the anticlimax that is X-Men
; whether or not the
blogosphere has become the
; just how
crazy is Dave Sim
; and so on). I feel somewhat detached
reading all of these
topics -- more an intrigued anthropologist than an active
participant. Even the discussions touching on one of my favorite
topics to pontificate on, manga, don't really move me to join in.
None of this is to say that I feel above any of the discussions that
took place, or that I've now suddenly come to the conclusion that
writing about comics is meaningless. It's just an observation
that it feels very different to view topics with a bit more distance
than one might normally have if one were actively engaged in the
ongoing conversations. A big part of it is probably the
"expiration date" factor: Given the immediacy of blogging, a lot
of this probably doesn't read as well when it's not as fresh.
It's kind of like when my parents visit and they bring me a stack of
s: It's odd to page through them
and think, "This is what the media was so obsessed about a couple
weeks ago? Huh."
Now I'm tempted to look back through my old blog entries and see how
odd my own old writing comes across. I'm sure I never wrote
anything I'd regret or be embarrassed about, right? Right??
And something else I have to get around to: Updating the blogroll
with all of the interesting new blogs that have sprung up
recently. Sounds as though Tim O'Neil
really ratcheted up his coverage in Dirk Deppey's absence. Plus,
Tim offers something that Dirk never did: Adorable pictures of
kittens too cute for words! Who says this isn't the Blogging Age
of Cute 'n' Cuddly Snark, True Believers?
Finally, your Vacation Photo of the Day