Saturday, April 11, 2009

There Once Was a Congressman from Texas

There Once Was a Congressman from Texas
by Gary A. Keith

"In Lateral Thinking, Edward De Bono wrote that we too often miss the alleyways and detours of life. Bob Eckhardt explored those alleyways. He was always more than just politics. He was a keen observer of his world, detouring off into antique shops, into cathedrals, into books, into new relationships. He reveled in his world through his imagination and storytelling, his cartoons, his writing, and his traveling."

What is Easter?


"You end up writing about yourself, since you are a relatively fixed point in this constant interaction with the ideas and facts of the exterior world. And in this sense, the historic form closest to blogs is the diary. But with this difference: a diary is almost always a private matter. Its raw honesty, its dedication to marking life as it happens and remembering life as it was, makes it a terrestrial log. A few diaries are meant to be read by others, of course, just as correspondence could be—but usually posthumously, or as a way to compile facts for a more considered autobiographical rendering. But a blog, unlike a diary, is instantly public. It transforms this most personal and retrospective of forms into a painfully public and immediate one. It combines the confessional genre with the log form and exposes the author in a manner no author has ever been exposed before. "
[Why I Blog by Andrew Sullivan, November 2008 Atlantic]