It’s 2015. By my calculations, blogging is now ubiquitous and irrelevant enough that I feel comfortable joining the sphere. This is a pattern with me, jumping in after the shark has already feasted on the shoreline and departed for tastier waters. Internet in 1998, cell phone in 2004, voicemail in 2009, smart phone in 2013. And now, the brave old world of online self-publication.
I mainly intend this space as an internet thought dumpster, an opportunity to write about the things that peak my interest and probably have no audience other than myself. This makes my project more of a solipsistic diary than a blog per se. I’d love to have readers, certainly. But the main purpose is to keep me writing and on task so I can stay sharp for my various projects I’m preparing for publication.
I’ll be officially launching the space tomorrow with an essay that’s been a pet project of mine for a while (hint: it involves baseball and is certain to stick in the craw of a certain fan base located on the shores of the Mississippi River. Not you Minnesota Twins). In the meantime, here are some of the themes with which I’m going to be periodically engaging. I may bounce back and forth, abandon some for months at a time, and come up with new ones to fill the gaps. There will be something new about twice a week, though, should you feel inclined to keep up.
Occasional Montaigne: a quotation from the Essays of the writer whose irreverent disposition is part of why I started writing in the first place. For those of you unfamiliar with Michel de Montaigne, he was basically the David Foster Wallace of Renaissance-era France.
Connography: some short-ish film reviews dedicated to the fascinating career of Sean Connery. Why? Because he made an array of mediocre and wonderfully terrible films when he wasn’t protecting the Empire’s interests from S.P.E.C.T.R.E or lecturing Harrison Ford on the ethics of shooting people in the face. And yes, before you ask, one of the first posts in this series will be addressing the movie Zardoz, because honestly how can you not. For the most part, though, this will focus on some lesser-known entries from the 1960’s and 1970’s where Connery had either top billing or an important secondary role.
When I finish with Connery, I have plans to move on to some other figures. Up next is Elliott Gould.
Game of the Week: dedicated to my favorite thing on YouTube right now – random old regular season baseball games of no significance whatsoever. These won’t be write-ups of the games themselves, but rather commentaries on the quality of play and the broadcast style, sightings of young players before they became stars and over the hill veterans, analyses of commercials, and other oddities. Get ready for plenty of Cubs-Braves games from 1981.
More to come. Welcome to the ride.