Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Why Would You Write a Blog Lev Grossman Why Would You Do That

[The title of this post is supposed to be read in the voice of Henchman 21 from The Venture Brothers. But it’s fine the regular way too.]

I used to have a Google alert on myself. You know, because of all the reviews and blogs and whatnot. Then I got rid of my Google alert. Because of all the reviews and blogs and whatnot.

Given the practically infinite size of the Internet, it is statistically a near certainty that at any given moment someone somewhere on it is calling me a dick. Which is totally fine. It may even be true. But the weird thing about it is that when people talk smack about me they do it as if I can’t hear them. I feel like if someone’s going to call me a douchebag, they’re going to do it anyway, but they would at least do it in a different way if I were in the room with them.

Which owing to the nature of the Internet I am. Except it doesn’t generic zithromax gluten free seem like that to them — it seems like I’m off in some other universe somewhere where I can’t hear them. I think this is partly because I write for Time, and I publish books through a big fat entrenched New York publisher, which means that my words tend to appear in glossy packages that were obviously designed and printed by massive soulless corporations. That has the effect of making me seem like some bloated plutocrat who looks like the Monopoly guy.

Which is totally wrong. I don’t have a mustache.

And I don’t want people to think of me that way. I want to be in the room. Being a writer without a blog is like being a ghost at your own funeral. You’re there, and yet you’re not. And then you overhear your best friend say, ‘sure, he was a decent guy, but it’s not like it’s a national tragedy or anything. ooh, look, mini-pizzas!’ Which—cool ghost powers aside—who wants that?

So here I am.

8 comments on “Why Would You Write a Blog Lev Grossman Why Would You Do That

  1. Michael Weinmayr says:

    Lev – I forwarded your 2 part anti-depressant article to an online friend of mine. She really appreciated your perspective, and connected with the “ruminating” aspect, which she’s been dealing with recently.

  2. Leverus says:

    I’m glad. There are ways out!

  3. Leverus says:

    p.s. Hi Michael!

  4. Church says:

    What a dick.

    Oh, hey Lev. I was just talking about you.

  5. always remember when people are talking about you; or typing about you

    actually they’re not. they are only revealing the truth of their own souls. -that’s true by the way whether they say negative or positive things.

    re: why any writer would blog. silly question.

    -it’s impossible not to

    as Dr. Maya Angelou says, “Write On! In Joy!”

  6. sarah says:

    And therein lies the problem. With the Internet, I mean. People can be all, what an asshat, but then you show up, and they’re like, Oh, well, I didn’t really mean *you’re* an asshat, I just meant… Mmhmm, yeah, don’t try to sell that to me, I won’t even rent it. Either say I’m a dick or don’t, but don’t retract it when I show up to the party.

    But with a blog, you can be here, your fans will come to you, but you leave (most of) the haters outside, because they probably won’t seek you out anyway. So you’ve made your own sandbox and invited your friends, and we’re happy to come play with you. I make a killer sandcastle, by the way.

  7. Majnun says:

    I chose to read the title in the voice of Roast Beef.

  8. Leverus says:

    @Majnun wow that works too!

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