From “Danny,” re: a recent entry on Cowboy Bebop’s “Jupiter Jazz:”
For better or worse, I was drawn into your blog simply because I love that show (Cowboy Bebop) more than any program on television.
It’s great to me for several reasons.
Regardless of my love for it though, your blog seems a bit sad to me. I wouldn’t use the word “pathetic,” because that’s harsh and unnecessary; but sad because it’s silly.
Of course it’s a very well-written show that’s highly entertaining, but it’s fiction.
It seems that you’re analyzing the fiction and drawing conclusions based on fantasy.
Keep loving the show; I know I will, but blog about something real. I get the feeling you’re talented enough to do so.
I’ll let you guys respond to this – you’ve been my biggest defenders and promoters, and I know you’ll take umbrage at this. One of these days I’ll start blogging the hate mail and “you suck” comments I’ve received publicly and privately. None of it bugs me, but anyone that thinks blogging is easy is an idiot. This is very hard work that allows any number of assholes and ingrates to take their shot at you. I have to call the trolls who say such things out at this point; they demonstrate the attitude which many of us are combating in this world in indirect ways.
Anyone reading this who wonders why I might write that’s “real” should take a look at the following entries:
- John Keats, “To Autumn” – perhaps the poem analysis I’m proudest of.
- Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address – despite how much I promote this, it gets virtually no attention.
- Yeats, “Easter 1916” – one of those things of which I felt after finishing that I didn’t have to write anything else anymore. Everything had been said.
- William Blake, “The Tyger” – everyone reads it in high school, but why?
- Xenophon, “Agesilaus” – as good as it gets. I bring up classical texts that few read, let alone write about, make them accessible to a general audience, and give an idea or two that could hold its own in an academic setting, even if refuted. I’m not bragging. When I’ve gotten the opportunity, I’ve done this sort of thing as often as I possibly could.
- Plato, “Menexenus” – has to be revised, I think, but I stand by most of it. Devin Stauffer and Sue Collins have an excellent little introduction to this dialogue that I read some time ago, and that’s got the key ideas explained clearly.
There’s more of course, but one has to care to look. I’ve been getting a lot of “it’s impossible to find anything on your site” from people, and when I refer them to the Index or search functions, they get pissed. I understand this is not the easiest site to use. But to pretend like as if I’m getting paid to cater to every whim – as if since I’m begging for attention, I don’t deserve any to begin with – that’s not right. If blogging has taught me anything, it’s taught me to be more grateful for those who care, because the defining trait of the world today is its profound ungratefulness.