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“when i was your age, television was called books!”—Peter Faulk, The Princess Bride

Michael Chabon on
Novelist Time vs. Blogger Time

michael chabon reto caduff

© reto caduff, courtesy of michaelchabon.com


I tend to obsess on three subjects. Ok, I obsess on a lot of subjects, but these are three of them.
For a full list, just take a look around here, you’ll get the picture:

  1. What a rock-star writer Michael Chabon is
  2. How douchy and self-serving blogging can feel at times
  3. And why, as the first post ever on maunet explains, I hate the word blogging.

This excerpt from one of best novelists of the past 40 years, made me feel a little better.

Novelist time is reptile time; novelists tend to be ruminant and brooding, nursers of ancient grievances, second-guessers, Tuesday afternoon quarterbacks, retrospectators, endlessly, like slumping hitters, studying the film of their old whiffs. You find novelists going over and over the same ground in their novels—TNC was talking about Gatsby last week, Fitzgerald’s a prime example—configuring and reconfiguring the same little set of preoccupations, haunted by missed opportunities. That may be because getting a novel written, or a bunch of novels, means that you are going to miss a lot of opportunities, and so missing them is something you have to be not only willing but also equipped by genes and temperament to do. Blogging, I think, is largely about seizing opportunities, about pouncing, about grabbing hold of hours, events, days and nights as they are happening, sizing them up and putting them into play with language, like a juggler catching and working into his flow whatever the audience has in its pockets.

Thanks, Mr. Chabon, for easing my blogging chagrin and thanks to fellow writer/musician Sir Knight Berman for sending this snippet along. Here’s the full article.

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