The exclusive inclusive

typed for your pleasure on 18 January 2006, at 7.46 pm

Sdtrk: ‘It’s not you’ by Le futur pompiste

I was in the midst of a micro-quandary a couple of days ago: I was sat there, thinking to myself, ‘y’know, “Shouting etc etc” is an incomplete but rather accurate reflection on the various things I’m interested in. However, it seems that most of the stuff that I love is stuff that most people either have no reference points for, or simply can’t get into.’ So I was thinking ‘what if, perhaps, I went less for obscurity, and instead tried to write about things that were more personal?’ I quickly realised that that would result in a blog that would be updated probably four or five times a year. I’ve really nothing worth noting going on in my life right at the moment — please select from either Dodgy, Hideous Job or Boring, Stultifying Academia, and I’m not keen on writing about either of those subjects. At length, anyway.
Then I remembered something that one of my heroes, Ian Curtis, once mentioned about his work — ‘We do it for ourselves, but we hope other people will still like it’. Writing the kinds of posts that you find here make me happy, for the most part. I love passing on factoids about long-since-closed exposition sites, or going on in obsessive detail about RealDoll developments, or delivering a series of links to various and sundry things. I figured that people reading ‘Shouting etc etc’ will walk away from it with varying levels of satisfaction — some may get quite a lot out of a post, whether it’s amusement, knowledge, or both, and some may not get as much out of it. But I’m certain that everyone will agree that at the very least, it’s interesting*, and ultimately, that’s not too disappointing of an assessment.

Between now and the next thrilling post, why not have a go at another Edward Gorey-related quiz?

Oooh, easy does it on the metal food group
You will swallow some tacks. You are a little
weird, maybe not so much in a good way. Buy a
yellow tie and wear it on your head.
Tacks, eh? There are worse ways to go, I suppose.. like, for instance, wearing a yellow tie on your head

*keep in mind that I use the adjective ‘interesting’ to mean ‘not necessarily good or bad’

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4 have spoken to “The exclusive inclusive”

  1. SafeTinspector writes:

    Your definition of “interesting” is vaguely similar to my definition of “exquisite.”

  2. PBShelley writes:

    I love Gorey! So, we could not resist 🙂

    I also got “L is for Leo” so tacks is (are) it, I’m afraid. I would have copy-and-pasted it but a “string attached” required you to log into mySpace first in order to do so, and I’m suspicious of anything requiring one to log in anywhere.
    That’s just me apparently LOL

    Off to search for a yellow tie to wear on my head; hope I don’t look too much like Zippy!

    Oh, drat! Too late! :-O

    BTW, I noticed that the Quiz was created by one “redshoescult”; could it be yet another Kate-fan creating virtual Amphigories in which we can play? Kindly kundavega, another one from the noted kundavega.com, created your other Gorey quiz you shared here. (FYI, “The Red Shoes” was a Kate Bush LP from 1993)
    So, now you know.

    Another BTW, or rather, I should say “More to the point” LOL:

    There is nothing wrong with your Shouting to Hear the Echoes. Do not adjust your set. Everything is fine, my counsellor says so, or would, if I had one. I’m OK you’re Ok. Etc.

    Who needs reference points? I don’t get most of the groups you mention, but so what? My life is enriched with diversity, if I took the time to actually look some of them up. Morrissey is grandly somber and depressing, although I haven’t heard his latest, but have the one before, which I can’t find atm 🙁

    Ah, “time”, such a nebulous concept is it not? Phhbbbt! (sp?)

    PBS & Lily

  3. aneamo writes:

    Not that I would expect otherwise from you DK but you arrived at the only conclusion you could, write what you love, who cares if it’s what others want to read. It’s not like you’re doing a commercial venture here so what you do is your own path my man.

    We have more than enough blogs out there whining about hideous jobs, botched up lives, what one ate for breakfast, and such. We don’t have piles of blogs focusing on esoteric and eclectic tastes as you have so I say remain true to yourself and in the end you will be happy doing it for the right reason, because it’s fun for you. Been crazy busy but I thought I’d drop in and see how things have been in the Echos, always something unique to be found here and I wouldn’t expect less. Cheers!

  4. Davecat writes:

    Thanx for your support, you guys (and Lily). 🙂

    You know it’s not altogether often when I have moments of self-doubt as regards my product, but when the waves hit, they’re unmistakable. But it’s all about carving a niche, really; it’s about being unconventional. And not simply for its own sake, it’s more because I honestly don’t know any other way to be. Well, I do know, but I don’t like it. 🙂

    So keep on keepin’ on, and I’ll keep on keepin’ on! That sounded like shite, but I’m sure you know what I mean.
    Thanx again! 😉

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