Monday, March 07, 2005

The Deranging Influence of Blogs


Probably worth pointing again to this:

The Extremities of Nicholson Baker
By LEON WIESELTIER
Published: August 8, 2004, Sunday
New York Times Review of Books

CHECKPOINT
By Nicholson Baker.
115 pp. Alfred A. Knopf. $15.95.

[excerpted from Wieseltier's review]
"The novel consists in the transcript of a conversation in a room in a hotel in Washington in May of this year. Jay has summoned Ben to his room to explain what he is about to do ''for the good of humankind.'' We infer from what is said that Jay is a deeply unhappy man. His wife has left him, his girlfriend has left him, he has lost his job as a high-school teacher, he works as a day laborer and has declared personal bankruptcy, he spends his days reading blogs. (About the deranging influence of blogs Baker makes a sterling point.)"

And read Rick Moody's fine retort, in the form of a letter to the editor, here. [That is, unfortunately, purchase the means to read Moody's response there. But the Believer is well worth the effort and expense, I can attest.]
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