Hyperbolic Nostalgia or The Immediacy of Now

Welcome to my blog. It’s not much, but it doesn’t really need to be. This is, for lack of a better description, my third foray into a blog attempt. Neither previous attempt lasted very long, both times because I labored under the dual pretenses that I had to publish posts with an exceptional degree of regularity or my work was all for naught, and that someone was actually reading this nonsense.

Well, whatever. Thanks to a few recent and good conversations with some friends about books, music, and the like, along with the vital inspiration of some choice blogs (pencilrevolution notably), and the choice albums that have floated back into rotation, I’ve decided to conjured up that writing muses again to put this blog to work. Two helpful realizations now: I can post when I like, and no one is going to read this anyway.

About my title – Hyperbolic Nostalgia. It sounds cool, right? Maybe? It was born out of a conversation with a friend about the original (and, at that time, sole) intent of this blog, to document reviews of old albums that have touched my soul one way or another. I still intend to do that, and I want to try to make it happen once a week. However, I think that limiting myself to only old album reviews would be stale and boring. In the second incarnation of this blog, I also had designs on reviewing comics. I had just slid back into the world of monthly comic addiction, and I thought that I could review at least a comic a week. Nope.

And then a strange thing happened. I stumbled onto the underground world of pencil blogging. I was captivated immediately by the precise descriptions of pencil reviews from Pencil Revolution, Well Appointed Desk, and Comfortable Shoes Source. And I thought, “Hey, I’d like to do this. So I’m going to.

I intend to follow one basic rule – only write about things that I like.1 I don’t need to write negative things. There is too much negativity on the internet. I only intend to write about albums I like, books that I enjoyed, and pencils that work well. I have no desire to eviscerate something. Perhaps this is a little Pollyanna.

1 I think I am ripping off this idea from the folks at “The Believer.” I’m not sure though. I may have stolen it from Johnny Mac.



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