Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Free Form Comments

Say whatever you want to in the comments to this post -- random, off topic thoughts, ideas, suggestions, questions, recommendations, criticisms (which can be anonymous), surveys, introductions if you have never commented before, personal news, self-promotion, requests to be added to the blog roll and so on. If a week goes by and I have failed to add you to the blog roll TELL ME TO DO IT AGAIN, and KEEP TELLING ME UNTIL IT GETS DONE. I can be lazy about updating the non-post parts of this site. Remember these comments can be directed at all the readers, not just me.

ALSO. You can use this space to re-ask me questions you asked me before that I failed to answer because I was too busy (but now might not be). That is often the reason I fail to get back to people, and on a blog, after a few days, the comments thread dies and I just kind of forget about it. Let's use this space to fix that, because it does need to be fixed; I look like a jackass sometimes, leaving people hanging. I will TRY to respond to any questions here.

AND you can use this space to comment on posts that are old enough that no one is reading the comments threads anymore. For example, if you thought of a great quote for the great quote commonplace book, but now no one is reading that, you could put it here.You do not have to have a blogger account or gmail account to post a comment -- you can write a comment, write your name at the bottom of your comment like an e mail, and then post using the "anonymous" option.

WRITING FOR THIS BLOG. If you think your free form comment here might be better as its own post, but you do not want it to be public yet, email it to me. My email address is available on my blogger profile page. If I think it will work on this site, your post will be published here with your name in the title of the post. You can propose what you will, I am always looking for reviews of games, tv, movies, music and books.


Voice Of The Eagle said...

What poets are you correctly reading? Would recommend?

Marc Caputo said...

I've got a review of Vampire Weekend's debut album up at my page. I'm trying to branch out; love for people to see what they think.

Also, if you enter the URL for a Blogger page ( and reverse the s and p, you get a funky surprise.

(And for a moment there Geoff had me convinced that he wrote the Bible.)

p0w said...

Geoff, what do you think of Robert Lowell (if anything)?

sara d. reiss said...

being sick sucks. but the pain meds are awwwwwesome!!!

Streebo said...

Does anyone know why we blog? I have a website for my production company, a Myspace page, a personal blog and an account over at Youtube.

What I cant figure out is why? I guess it's for the intellectual discourse, but I often make posts that get absolutely no response and anything I post on Youtube generally gets a "you suck, go to hell" type of response.

Instead of recommending that people read my blog - I thought I would throw this out to the crowd.

nicholas reed said...

I've been writing in my blog quite a bit recently. And I couldn't tell you why. I just suddenly decided "I've had this sitting here, I should be using it as more than just a space-taker." I use my livejournal for short, random things, or less structured writing. I guess I just needed somewhere to put my "I do actually think things through sometimes" writing. So yeah. There's that.

Also, here it is.

Streebo said...

I think part of the reason that I blog is just to get ideas moving in my head. Sometimes when I sit down to write or draw, nothing comes to the surface. If I spend an hour or so free-form blogging about for example the ramifications of Spiderman's saga being turned into the biggest deux ex machina of all time, I find that afterwards, I can go back to my work and the words or pictures will come much easier. In a way, my blogging has nothing to do with blogs.

Ping33 said...

I haven't blogged in a while now.
I would say that when I did/do blog it comes from equal parts Boredom ,and advocacy with a pinch of yearning for academia. That said: I haven't blogged since I got my current job... which is insanely fast paced and exceedingly complex. Basically: Blogging kept my brain on life support during a period of extreme lethargy.

Marc Caputo said...

It's a cry in the wilderness, looking for an echo.

Not all of us are lucky enough to have people in our immediate reach to talk about the things we like. So there's this.

neilshyminsky said...

I blog so that I have somewhere to put down thoughts that I might want to revisit - stuff that seems a bit lightweight in passing but might be important later, especially as my thoughts on a single topic collect over time. Which is why I'm deliberately organizing some of these things as 'series' on my blog.

Scene -- said...

Hmmm..I blog for a few reasons.

1) I used to a be a film studies student but dropped out to do journalism. The blog gives me a forum to exercise the critical thinking i did in university. Journalism is all about being objective, other people's stories, other people's viewpoints. Blogging lets me be incredibly subjective for a change, which is rewarding, and also makes a better journalist because I get that out of my system. I'm less inclined to try and squeeze my opinion into an article.

2) I also just like writing. It's fun.

3) I think/talk about pop culture way too much and my regular friends/girlfriend are often bored to tears. This gives me a place to express those thoughts (and also connect with likeminded people) without making everyone around me fall asleep. (Though I may be making my readers fall asleep...who knows!)

Geoff Klock said...

VoE -- I am going through a big Ron Padgett phase. I used to dismiss his poetry as just too silly to really like -- funny and nothing else. His new book, How to Be Perfect, really turned me around on him, and I am going to get all his stuff now. Charles Wright and John Ashbery, also, as always. Anne Carson, who I did a chapter of my dissertation on, I recently realized, is someone I do not want to read for fun, surprisingly.

Marc -- thanks. I keep hearing about them, and am always looking for new music, a subject not discussed enough on this blog.

pOw -- don't really read that much of him. Not out of any specific dislike -- he was just a writer that I never really clicked with when I was younger, and then, probably, I never really gave him a sustained chance after that. If you have a Lowell poem you think would knock me out, please let me know the title.

Streebo -- I blog because it allows me to say what I want to say, without all the academic jargon and whatnot that for a long time I assumed had to be integral to anything I write. I see it as a form like the 19th century journals of say Coleridge -- something I can go back and raid for a bigger project if I want to. I was originally worried that blogging would sap my time and energy and I would not do "real" writing, but I have discovered that the more often I write on the blog, the faster and free-er the ideas come. Though, to be sure, there are days when I wish I had not implicitly committed to blogging every day. (Guest Bloggers Welcome!)

I will blog about this later but LOST blew me away tonight with how fast and furious the thing is willing to move forward. I LOVE this show. This strike is making me want to CRY.

Mary1912 said...

Okay...glad I found your blog. I don't use blogspot/blogger anymore. I use Xanga at

I must say I think it's cool you name drop and drop your credentials because they are impressive. You know, the last time I saw you was in Chicago at Laura's wedding. An eternity ago. My son was like 2..he's 11 now so that makes 9 years and even then I think all we said to each other was "hi".

I think because we lived in different states we never hung out at all. Although I do recall hanging out with you as kids...a fuzzy sort of memory with no definable aspects to it. Perhaps a creation of my own mind?

Anyway, Geoff. Glad to learn more about you other than the annual issue of The Klock Times!