A Few Thoughts About ‘Everything’ and its Future

As I’ve mentioned before, when I first began this blog I intended to take an academic approach and post mainly essays and commentaries on works of literature and religion. Even after I started blogging seriously, the only result are a couple lackluster posts on Mishima Yukio, Confucius, and maybe one or two other things that even I can’t remember anymore. The best idea I’ve had for Everything Is Oll Korrect! was changing focus to sharing my impressions on individual works, essentially a reading or viewing journal.

I still desire to write those more in-depth, academic posts, though, and have often considered starting a second blog for more serious cultural subjects. Occasionally, one of those will show up here, like “The Moral Dimension of Judging Art,” but I try to limit the number of those I do for a couple reasons. For one, I like the “journal” format of  Everything. More importantly, though, I don’t believe I have much authority, or at least credibility, for in-depth analysis. Though I read more than most, I’ve still covered less than I’d like, and my reading has much more breadth than depth.

Now, the obvious solution would simply be to wait until I do live up to my own standards of erudition. However, that may never happen at this point; I’ve been crippled by a sub-par education, and time constraints make recovery difficult. At best, I can point towards those works I have found most valuable; see my “Shortcut to Literacy in the Western Literary Tradition,” for example. Alternatively, one workaround I’ve considered (and used in the About page for a while) could be to refer to the blog as a record of intellectual growth. That didn’t work out before, though, and currently it takes a good deal of effort to keep this one blog going; adding a second would be a dicey proposition.

I may, however, begin another solution soon. I’m currently building a static website for a web design programme I’m enrolled in, and for content I’m using some essays I wrote at university. Once I finish it, I’ll probably make it public, and add content as I write it. I do have a commentary for William Golding’s Lord of the Flies in progress, and have a few other ideas for similar projects that are too large in scope for this blog, but would fit well there.

So, there’s your programming note for the week. I do have a couple larger posts in the works, so please look forward to them.

4 Comments

  1. The Kenosha Kid

    I’d say that the academic/personal distinction can probably be dissolved (or at least blurred) with a bit of care. If you make sure to emphasize the personal effect something had on you and also try to be honest about what you fear may be the shortcomings of your work, you can probably get away with posting some reasonably in-depth analysis as a work-in-progress.

    That was pretty vague and you’ve probably thought of it before, but I still figured I’d throw it out there—it’s a tricky territory that I’ve been trying to figure out for myself recently.

    I guess the key when you’re not *forced* to write academically would be dialogue: write in a manner that shows your own personal stake and possible limitations as honestly as you can, and then any problems with your reasoning can be acceptable flaws insofar as they inspire thought in others or promote dialogue or something of the sort. I dunno.

    Whatever you do, I look forward to it.

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    • Cheshire_Ocelot

      Thank you for your input, and I think your approach sounds good. For me, it’s mostly a matter of pulling it off. I’ve tried to strike that balance between describing the “personal effect” of a work and analysis in the series I’ve done, like the Anime Autobiography and the Uncle Walt-a-thon. Hopefully some of what I learn there carries over to other posts.

      I don’t think the two aspects can be “dissolved,” though, because there is a difference between describing the subjective appeal (or lack of appeal) in a work, and objective quality. Both can still be discussed in the same post, of course, and often they overlap – I wouldn’t enjoy, say, lain or Spring Snow if they didn’t have something good about them.

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