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So I’ve just had my best day ever for hits. This is in, well, some five years of blogging. Thanks, Jane, for the link – that helped. It also helps that I remain, somehow, one of the goto sites for banana images on google, which makes up another 78 touches. But aside from that, there are more of you checking this blog than ever before.

Now, look. I’m not asking for cash or even amazon clickthru revenue. What I am asking for, if you could, is for you to leave a comment under this post telling us roughly who you are, where you are, what you do for a living, and anything else you think relevant. Why? I spend a lot of time coming up with this stuff, in the summer several hours a day before I start work on my monograph (still, god, I’m still doing this….), grad papers that remain to be marked, the novel(s) I mentioned a few posts ago. It’s sort of shameful in these circles to admit it, but I take my hitcount fairly seriously, and am all the more likely to write here when I feel that I’m being read. Since moving to, I no longer have a snazzy hitcounter that can fill me in on the whereabouts and sometimes university affiliation of my readers – all I get is the raw number. So, it follows, anonymous comments will not be tracked down to their owners – I simply have no way of doing this now. Comment is free on AWP, as it were…

So, if you enjoy reading this site and you’ve been lurking without commenting (just fine by the way) take the big splurge and leave me a note in the comments telling me, no names necessary unless you’re desperate to say, who you are, whatever way you’d like to define that.

(If you’re someone that I already know reads this blog, there’s no need for you to participate in the great AWP delurk either… This is just for the silent majority….)

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July 16, 2008 at 12:00 am

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  1. I came across ypur blog thru Sit Down, you’re a bloddy tragedy… And, about me, nothing else matters


    July 16, 2008 at 1:22 am

  2. I found this blog through Jane, as you mentioned in the post.

    I’m a recent MFA grad and sometime PhD student in Atlanta, studying literary and cultural theory (and also looking to transfer—any suggestions?).

    I’m enjoying what I read here!


    July 16, 2008 at 2:03 am

  3. Poet, parent, parasite — that is, largely unpaychecked. I stopped blogging myself when I realized that everyday life is a subject matter that needs a better methodology than anything I could come up with on my own, day to day, slogging through diapers and Dr. Seuss. So I envy you academics, the tools you have. Keep on with the unpaid work (blogging) — I’m learning. Thanks.


    July 16, 2008 at 2:23 am

  4. I’m a PhD student in Georgia and an acquaintance/correspondent of Joshua’s. I’m definitely trying to find ways to reconcile literature and politics, so your blog was pretty instantly appealing to me.


    July 16, 2008 at 5:17 am

  5. I’m a 21 year-old student, studying abroad in Berlin and trying to learn German right now. I, much like the others, found your blog through Clover’s blog. I found Clover by taking his class at UC Davis, blah blah changed my perspective about history and literature and politics blah blah, and so on. A year later, I’m here. I sense that I could be one of the younger readers (if not the youngest)…


    July 16, 2008 at 7:45 am

  6. I work for the University of Glasgow in digital preservation research though I don’t read your blog in any formal work-related way. I reBlog you occasionally on the reblogging component of, which is a site attempting to bring together my music/art/writing/web interests. I can’t actually how I came across you though; probably just through a link from somewhere else awhile back.


    July 16, 2008 at 8:58 am

  7. I read this.


    July 16, 2008 at 10:46 am

  8. You have some very cool readers!

    Infinite Thought

    July 16, 2008 at 11:24 am

  9. Oh, thank you so much everyone, and keep them coming. Pleased to meet all of you, and the little droplet of encouragement here led me to kill an entire morning (should have been working, believe me, there’s work to be done) on the new post above.

    One thing, in reply to Anonymous:

    So I envy you academics, the tools you have. Keep on with the unpaid work (blogging) — I’m learning.

    God, this does make me feel bad about complaining about my real gig so much. (Not at all that that’s what Anony meant to make me feel, I know… ) I shouldn’t, and I’ll stop. I am a very very lucky academic, in that I have the sort of job that makes it at least half-possible to spend summer mornings writing blogposts when I should be grading papers and writing the stuff that keeps me in a job. Jobs like mine are disappearing, and I should just keep my mouth shut and be happy with it. Or, actually, get more invested in work to keep good jobs like mine around.

    Anyway, I’m clearly lucky to have friends in Owen and Jane. And IT, too, though if you look at her site I’m still consigned to the minor leagues of linkage, a little less equal that the other equals. 😦

    But thanks again everyone…


    July 16, 2008 at 12:08 pm

  10. I arrived via Jane

    Added now on Bloglines – right up top, just after 17 Seconds.

    A father and a son, I live and work in a small town in the middle of Scotland.


    July 16, 2008 at 2:15 pm

  11. I make a point not to write blog posts when I’m supposed to be doing my job. I really probably shouldn’t even read this; I mean, you need SOME distractions to help you work (not that I’m saying this blog is merely a distraction), but it’s not like I draw a salary just to read blogs. I am jealous.


    July 16, 2008 at 2:27 pm

  12. Jane’s link sent me to you as well, and now you’ve a comfortable spot on my bookmark bar. Anonymous up there isn’t alone in being 21, and I too was lucky enough to take a class with JC. The man knows how slap disengaged English majors around a bit.
    Finishing up undergrad over the summer (currently in a lecture, to be completely honest), and am clueless about what I’ll be doing after. Terrifying and typical.


    July 16, 2008 at 4:45 pm

  13. I found you via, I think, Strange Harvest – – an architecture / art / design / whatever blog. I’ve only been lurking here for a few days – I’m one of those new statistics…

    I run an art and music label – – with my partner and both of us are artists. Currently living near Dundee, just about to move to London / Somerset.

    We’ve recently revamped the blog – – and I was casting around for decent blogs on art and culture for ideas on how to take it further – I like the way that you open up ideas and questions on here, without then closing them down. A ruminatory digestatory participatory sketchbook of sorts.

    We’re currently in the dilemma of what kind of content we want – ideally we’d like it all to be original writing in a long-ish form, which is has been so far (plus occasional other bits and bobs like show announcements), but that makes it quite hard work to keep going on a regular basis. By nature it’s going to be less personal than this, as we’d like a wide variety of contributors, but there’s something approachable and clear here that I really enjoy.


    July 16, 2008 at 4:57 pm

  14. I picked up the link from jane’s site as well. I live and work in Oakland. During the day I work in a small law firm, in the evening and on weekends I review music for a couple of web-only music magazines. I’m considering pursuing a PhD in French, and having access to writing like this is rather important at the moment in helping me weigh the benefits and drawbacks of that route.


    July 17, 2008 at 2:36 am

  15. Found through “sit down man” one of the best best best on the web– and now I am intrigued with yours. I am a resource librarian at a design firm in NYC and I try to alert the designers to news in the architecture world. I’m not paid to read blogs but I am paid to keep up with what’s new so I’m a lucky sod, too.

    report from the heartland

    July 17, 2008 at 5:29 pm

  16. Friend of JD/JC, in the Bay Area poetry scene. Dissertating on cities/langpo/rap. Digging it.

    Dan TG

    July 17, 2008 at 6:42 pm

  17. I found your site through Sit down man you’re a bloody tragedy. I read every day and now I’m reading the back posts. Lovely smart writing! I’m a librarian at Brooklyn Public Library.


    July 17, 2008 at 7:34 pm

  18. I’m a serial quasi-academic. I have attended a ridiculous number of universities and am about to matriculate once again, at yet another new university in another new town.

    My blog comes & goes. It’s mostly gone now. It tends to grow dull during phases when I have a full-time job.


    July 19, 2008 at 5:52 pm

  19. I found your site through I.T., who I found one day six+ months ago after googling ‘postmodern prison’ (I think!).

    I’m 22; a 3rd year experimental video/cultural theory student at a (disappointing) art university in the UK, who’s aiming for an MA in ??? and I am focused primarily ATM in researching the aesthetics of symbolic violence towards women & its effect on the construction of female identity in narrative space. Only I am flippant and have spent the summer reading blogs and going to HC shows between watching episodes of The Wire — all causing me to be too happy to study or write blog posts of my own. Oopes!

    I like words, information, and the possibility of a future that’s better than today.


    July 20, 2008 at 7:41 pm

  20. thanks all of you – this is awfully nice to hear.


    July 23, 2008 at 11:25 am

  21. Postmodern Prison?! Oh no, I’m the Pigopticon….Mr Ads, are we going to meet up soon?

    infinite thought

    July 23, 2008 at 11:41 am

  22. hi-i linked here via jane dark/josh clover.
    i’m a white male professor in the midwest avoiding writing by reading today. i don’t blog so you have to. but the amount of time i spend/waste/earn reading the smarter blogs is stunning.

    small illusion

    July 24, 2008 at 7:05 pm

  23. Hi there, I meant to comment earlier – I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of years now, though I forget what led me here. Consistently great stuff, on topics of particular interest to me. I’ve commented a couple of times, though one or two appear to have been lost. I have a blog, as you can see. I’m in my late thirties, have a BA in history, have unsatisfactory work as a computer programmer, etc.


    July 24, 2008 at 11:30 pm

  24. Stay-at-home dad, Southwest US. Nursing training in near future. Arrived here originally via Long Sunday via The Weblog. Visiting more regularly recently via the encouragements and enthusiasms of Owen.


    July 28, 2008 at 2:08 pm

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