Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Forthcoming posts

Is it enough to say that I have posts forthcoming? Does that help the anxiety of wishing I had more time to collect thoughts, share ideas, etc.?

I suppose so, since a friend (Roland) recently said he had some posts that he was working on, I too must claim this to keep the peace. I am "guilty" of the thinking the following: poor wording, no resolution, not deep enough, so it goes into the cancel section of my mind. Furthermore, I know nothing of politics, music, and film to share with my well-informed friends--I have only a curious spirit.

This curiosity brought me to blogging as a way to keep in touch with friends, steal their ideas, and take their reccomendations for good reading, art, etc.

Recently this has come in the form of Annie Dillard (For the Time Being). Being the prude that I am, I have procrastinated Dillard for some time thinking that she was something she is not, but it was well worth it--I wasn't ready. Her voice, her curiosity, her way of allowing things to just "be" and not try to always force closure on her arguments--I am mystified. She relates the world in a catalogue of seemingly unrelated stories (new and old) and allows language to mirror nature.

Now there's a thought--Dillard's language sounds like nature. I think she would like to hear that. I am glad that I can drive to the sound of her words--this book is on tape in my car.


Blogger johanna said...

I hope you don't mind me posting on your blog, Mike (not being an old college friend) but I recently rented "Before Sunset" only to get "Kitchen Stories" instead, a Norwegian (i think) film that turned out to be much better than Before Sunset would have, probably.

I don't know if it's out yet, as it was an in-store promotional copy, but I think you may want to add it to your list.

(I'm supposed to be writing - ciao.)

4:30 PM  
Blogger emilie said...

you have some great ambitions for this blog.. and it seems to be going pretty good so far, keep it up.. blogging can be frustrating, you never know if anyone is reading if they don't comment, so this is just to say -I found you, you have "been read"!

4:43 PM  
Blogger mickrect said...


thanks for the recc'n--i;ll add it to the list. Kitchen Stories, you say.

you are blood related to an old college friend---so i guess you can post here--kidding, of course.

how is Buck?

10:27 AM  
Blogger johanna said...

Yes, Kitchen Stories. If you get that far down the list any time this decade, let me know what you think of it. Scandinavians are so fascinating.

Buck is well, or at least, as well as can be expected. He did bang his head around an awful lot as a child.

I like what you're doing here, too, btw.

4:02 PM  
Blogger mattreed said...

The worst thing about blogging is the name (possible reasons I hate the word 'blog': 1. distaste for any neologisms that are probably used often in magazines like Wired. 2. Possible ancient aristocratic snobbery against English words that sound Germanic).

The greatest thing about it is what someone (i can't remember who and anyway he was quoting someone else) called the essence of Teaism: the joy of doing something good in secret and having it found out by accident.

Anyway, why don't you write about your current research? It'll help us laypeople know what the folks are doing up in academia. Do you still write about metaphor?

4:08 PM  
Blogger mickrect said...

Yes, the word "blog" sounds distasteful and rude, not refined as such Germanic words as "beer" and "loaf." Somehow our Germanic anscestors have a naive amd wonderful simplicity to their language.

Thanks to the Norman aristocracy (post 1066)our Germanic/Celtic language has been infected by three or more syllable words.

And as far as what the acedemy does in comparison to US lay folks--it is, as your tone presumes--perhaps another day I can describe my experience here in the land of self-appointed experts of specialized fields.

5:32 AM  
Blogger Rew said...

hey, quit knocking on us Germanians. (and don't you mean "bier"? ah, how i miss the Brew Works... although, i WAS in The Old Toad this weekend!) um, Mike -- i couldn't help but notice that you've mentioned "books on tape" several times (i.e. twice) already in your few blogs. i'm sure "For the Time Being" is awesome in any format, but it begs the question: have you forgotten how to read?? i know, i know: you don't have the time. but when you do, you have a lot of catching up to do with Dillard: read "Holy the Firm" next. (it's, like, 80 pages long! but it'll be the best damn 80-page book you'll ever read!) "American Childhood" is insanely entertaining, and you should be ashamed that you haven't read it (or have you?) cuz it's mostly Annie's autobiography about growing up in the 'Burgh. "Teaching a Stone to Talk" is a collection of awesome essays. aww, just read everything she's ever written!

8:24 PM  

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