2011-11-22

Things Bloggers Should Never Do, Episode 3

It's that time again. Bloggers should never...
  • Tell readers they have to read so-and-so's book, or that such-and-such a blog should be on their blogrolls right now.
  • Bury substantial posts under piles of announcements about conferences, bubbling reviews of how inspirational so-and-so's keynote was, and shout-outs to people met at conferences.
  • Use three verbs separated by periods as a blog title or subtitle.
  • Pretentiously refer to their sites as 'weblogs'.
  • Write posts in which almost every single sentence is a separate paragraph.
  • Grammatically treat the words 'social media' as singular.
It's likely this will be the last installment of this serial tirade, as my regular work had me wading through relatively fewer blogs than over the summer, and came to a sudden and unexpected end last week. In any case by now I'm fairly confident I've seen most of the worst the blogosphere has commonly to offer. Nevertheless, feel free to suggest anything I've missed in these three cautionary articles. As the Interwebs continue to develop, no doubt the vulgar errors perpetrated most frequently will as well, and time may oblige me to revisit this painful subject once again.

2011-11-21

Cult of the Green Fairy, Part II

Previously, we set out to define the ultimate sacred postulate of a hypothetical religion of absinthe. Now we turn to the second tier of Rappaport's theoretical hierarchy.

2011-11-11

Cult of the Green Fairy, Part I



When I actually stir myself to gather my thoughts and outline one of the ideas that occasionally flits through my head, I can still manage to come up with some decent direction for something to write about. At first I thought this would be a solid single post, but by the time I finished outlining it I realized we're in for another small series. At least that'll give you something to look forward to, right?

As those of you who keep in touch or are connected with me on the Google+ are likely aware, my latent interest in absinthe has lately blossomed into full-fledged devotion. As I learned more about the enigmatic aperitif, I naturally grew more deeply fascinated with the ritualistic behaviors associated with its preparation, and with the figure of the Green Fairy herself, embodiment of all the mystique of the drink and the culture surrounding it.

In absinthe's heyday, enemies of the Green Fairy promoted the notion of absinthism, an addiction distinct in severity and symptoms from common alcoholism. Of course, the scientific evidence adduced to prove the existence of this condition was flawed and insubstantial, and despite its infamy absinthe is in fact no more (or less) capable of harm than any other libation. However, as a modern absintheur I think it appealing and apropos to reclaim the term 'absinthism' for the peculiar fascination, devotion, and adoration that distinguishes absinthe connoisseurship.

Perhaps you can see already where this led me.