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I’ve been springing from blog to blog this morning, like the chamois of the Alps leaping from crag to crag, but have momentarily ceased leaping in order to share this excellent piece with you. I submit it as further evidence (see previously reblogged pieced for more) that blogs, derided by some as the stuff of fools and amateurs, can be brilliant!


Silver in the Barn

The extraterrestrial has moved from the gardener to the blogger. If the gardener baffled, the blogger bewilders. Once again the Human Ambassador is summoned.

ET: Why is the blogger frustrated and unhappy?

HA: She feels pressure to remove some favorite things from her writing.

ET: What things?

HA: Words. Rich and lovely words. Words full of texture and life which she has been collecting since childhood. You see, she has been advised that her writing is inaccessible.

ET: Inaccessible? Explain, please.

HA: Not everybody will enjoy or understand her if she uses the words she yearns to. She finds herself therefore practicing a form of literary self-mutilation which is intensely painful.

ET: But this is illogical. What if the intelligence levels vary in the human? They do, don’t they?

HA: Rumor has it.  But no blogger wishes to post into a vacuum.

ET: Ah yes, the black hole. I’m familiar with it, you know. But tell me, if a reader encounters a word with…

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  1. ashokbhatia says:

    Exactly the kind of dilemma one often faces. There are authors who could convey profound thoughts in simple language. Like Khalil Gibran, they get revered and admired. There are authors who convey simple thoughts in profound language. Perhaps, they fade away rather quickly from our collective memory. Then there are ones who use profound language to convey profound thoughts. Like Sri Aurobindo, they have a niche audience.

    Hapless readers could range from a Bertie-sque state of mental negligibility to a Florence Cray-ish abundance of grey cells and linguistic ability. Should an author tone down his way of expressing himself just to play to the gallery? Or, should he chug along spewing thoughts as they get conveyed by the means of whatever language and style he is most comfortable with?

    ‘To each his own’ is perhaps the answer that comes to me!

  2. honoria plum says:

    What ho, Ashok. The question is an age-old one. Personally, I agree with your view — to each his, or her, own. The problem for the author — and aspiring author in particular — is that when the editor or publisher of novels happens to disagree with their personal choices. Happily, it’s not a problem we have to deal with as bloggers.

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