Sunday, May 30, 2010
Post Number 200, And What This Has All Meant to Me So Far: Sunday Journal
It all began last September with a little wooden roller coaster that was soon to close at the amusement park of my childhood.
Now it's 200 entries later! I have enjoyed the production of this Journal of Reinvention, and look forward to the next 200 posts. As much as I try to shape its direction, the topics and the things that insist on being put into words often surprise me.
It's sometimes hard work, and it keeps me up way too late some nights, and yet it tugs at me to get it done, to get my thoughts out there, to please my readers and not let them down, and to work the writing until it's right and true.
Mostly, it has been the regular visits and encouragement of you followers and readers that has motivated me to keep it going, when at times it seems as though it is not important, as though sustaining the effort is futile, fruitless. I thank you for sticking with me. You are in my personal Hall of Fame in the right hand column.........
In the end, I am enjoying participating in what I view as an on-line conversation.
This is my "newspaper column", my editorial page, my forum, my experiment, my writing exercise. I can try new things here, put forth my opinion on world events and politics and culture, speak the thoughts of others or hit a nerve with some, and engage readers in the conversation. In another time and place, I might have been a Roger Ebert, or Irv Kupcinet, or any number of regular columnists, treating a different topic each day, a kaleidoscope of things of interest to me that I hope will capture the imagination, or spark a reaction, from others.
Among the many items I have enjoyed sharing with you:
--The Christopher Isherwood series, in keeping with the release of "A Single Man".
--The film and theater and book reviews: Cabaret; Citizen Kane; Hair (on Broadway!) August: Osage County; Olive Kitteridge; Billy Elliott, and many more. One review I'm most proud of is my lone voice in the wilderness championing the merits of Nine. I think that some day someone more intelligent and articulate than myself will rediscover Nine and extol its virtues and set it on the road to classic status.
--A look at Oscar 40 years ago, in 1969. I invite you all to re-visit 1970 when the next Oscar nominations are announced. 40 years from now, in whatever format blogs will have taken by then, I will look back at how time has treated Avatar and The Hurt Locker and Precious and Inglourious...