(Update: I’ve imported blog posts from two other locations where I’ve written, so I could have them all in one spot, and to give a little more context of where I’m coming from as a writer.)
In my last attempt at this thing, I’ve felt constrained by the act of blogging. I felt that if I were to have a blog, that it had to be about something specific. And, without fail, I’ve wound up stuck, trying to wedge whatever it was I was thinking about into my predetermined subject matter. This was no fun. I mean, sure, I was writing about horror movies, and I do love my horror movies, but there’s more to me than just that.
Thus, dear reader, I decided to launch something that would be sort of all-encompassing. If I wanted to write about horror movies, I could. If I wanted to write about music, cool beans. If I wanted to write about politics, hey presto.
One of the reasons I wanted to get back into blogging was this: I’m very into politics, and I’m an avowed leftist/liberal/progressive/commie bastard. I’m also a pop culture junkie with an insatiable appetite. And most political writers I read SUCK at the pop culture thing. And while I know that the prevailing consensus is that entertainers should keep their damn mouths shut when it comes to politics (the “shut up and sing” phenomenon), 9 times out of 10 I’d much rather read a comic’s take (or an author’s, or a director’s, or an actor’s, or a musician’s) on politics than a political blogger’s take on movies, music, TV, books, etc. With political writers, I know where they’re coming from, and too often they try to shoehorn their discussion on the subject into their political stance; occasionally tossing things like context and even the basic facts of the subject at hand aside to make things fit neatly. See, for instance, Matt Taibbi’s recent take on The Dark Knight Rises in Rolling Stone magazine — unfortunately not online and available for linking — in which he gets huge chunks of the plot completely wrong and assigns characters incorrect motives all in order to make the movie conform to his kneejerk take on the internal politics of the film. This just bugs the bejeezus out of me. And I may be painting with too broad a brush here, but it has always seemed to me that people outside of the political arena are more willing to entertain others’ takes on political matters, while many political bloggers and writers simply become entrenched in their position and lash out defensively at any attempt to make a counterpoint.
And hey, I may be as bad as they are. This remains to be seen. The proof is in the pudding, as they say. But be forewarned:
CIVILITY IS FOR SUCKERS.