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The 2,000-Year-Old Man On Blogging
Al Martinez, one of the columnists I find most unreadable in the LA Times (along with occasional Calendar columnist Howard Leff, author of this recent piece of suckage on satellite radio), has a few huffy words about bloggers:

...I have learned that, with some notable exceptions, blogs are largely the habitat of unemployed writers, enraged misanthropes, retired teachers, aging journalists and people who normally pass their time doodling or making obscene telephone calls.

A blogger occupies a website from which comments emerge in various forms to clutter cyberspace with his or her opinions on politics, war, movies, sex, music, medicine, health, aerobics, food, marriage, animals … and, well, just about everything. No subject is too lofty or too inane for the blogger.

Not true. Until now, I've avoided blogging about global warming or Al Martinez. I don't understand climatology well enough, and no matter how I try, I can't get through an Al Martinez column or understand why this tedium dispenser continues to have a job.

To be fair to Al, perhaps he only reads blogs like the LA Times' Susan Spano's. Witness the brilliance of the corporate-bankrolled Paris-ensconced blogger in her most recent entry:

My effort to find the best day spa treatments in Paris continues. I just had a fabulous Thai massage at Espace France Asie near the Madeleine. It was an hour of bliss for 70 euros. Maybe I should move to Thailand so I can have one every day.

Please do. Preferably to an area where there's no Internet access.

For those who'd like a blog on Paris that actually says something, check out my favorite, The Paris Blog.

P.S. Al, nobody does aerobics anymore. Since the 90s, they've been doing yoga.

Posted by aalkon at October 10, 2006 7:32 AM

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Inane thought for the day:

Never settle for a big word when a diminutive one will do.

Posted by: Rob at October 10, 2006 6:29 AM

Yes, The Paris Blog is miles better than reading about Susan Spano's attempts to avoid living like a Parisienne. It covered La Nuit Blanche and the fashion week, both in brief and readable pieces.

However, it isn't immune from the American perspective either. A few days ago we had gossip from the terrace of that stunningly overpriced piece of fakery, Les Deux magots. That counts as American territory, doesn't it, kind-of like the Embassy? It bills itself as Le rendezvous de l'élite intellectuel. Pardon me while I barf.

Posted by: Stu "El Inglés" Harris at October 10, 2006 8:02 AM

Actually, now that I am temporarily unemployed, I've been reading more blogs, especially yours. Not bad at all. I'm thinking of creating my own, as an unemployed writer.

Posted by: al martinez at June 10, 2007 12:14 PM

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