TITLE: Blog Interviews, Part II
DATE: 2/10/2005 11:09:00 AM
Jamie Bollenbach of Today's Tomorrow's Headlines and Eisengeiste:
How did you get into blogging?
Our blog (Eisengeiste) evolved from a rapidly growing series of increasingly zippy emails among some old friends from high school in Alaska now distributed liberally along the West Coast, and coincided with the redesign of Blogger after Google's acquisition, which made it somewhat easy to use. The quasi magazine look flatters the writing, and I noticed that we tended to write more carefully than in email.
What do you think was your best post ever?
My personal favorite to write has been the recent series of deeply silly hard-boiled detective stories, one of which features a scene on a WWII tramp steamer with the heroes being interrogated silently by a German street performer -
"The Pacific turned surprised and angry, like a woman who's just been kidnapped by a Nazi sea mime."
All it is is an excuse to come up with increasingly outlandish similies and descriptions:
"Jenny and I scrambled into a lifeboat and managed to launch, leaving six or seven Jerrys to fend for themselves on a bitterly ironic floating shipment of models of lifeboats, while we watched the curious spectacle of Gunther both drowning and pretending to drown at the same moment."
These are just a hell of a lot of fun to write, and a nice break from the politics.
But the best was this from our Corresponding Secretary:
"USEFUL PHRASES FOR AMERICANS IN PHRANCE"
What is your favorite blog, other than your own?
My favorite was a series from a young woman in Russia who got a motorcycle and toured-quickly, and with a geiger counter - the ruins of the area around Chernobyl (www.kiddofspeed.com)
Does your blog have a main theme or goal?
Mostly it's a bridge between old friends, and a chance to refine the news and hone our reactions. We pool our expertise - for example Dr. X is a stock analyst, The Laird is QA engineer, I'm an artist. For me it also spawned an offshoot: Today's Tomorrow's Headlines, which was a repository for a bunch of made-up headlines (Candy-Ass Alaskan Mauled by Gummy Bear) that I kept scribbling out while waiting for the next Onion.
Do those in your personal life know about your blog? Why or why not?
Most do. I soft-pedal it when it comes up with my art students, though, partly because it's a chance to be ludicrously obscence when the mood strikes. Also, how do you explain the following to your parenets:
Girl From Ipanema Joke
Tall and tan and young and lovely
The girl from Ipanema goes walking
And when she passes
each pirate she passes goes...Arrr.
In general, do you think blogging has a greater social value?
It's a pleasant hobby form of democracy to pursue while the regular kind is disintegrating.
Lastly, what do you think of my blog?
I LIKE IT!