Andisheh and Aradia Take on the World! (*evil laughter*)

I truly hope I get to meet Andisheh at the upcoming metblogs meetup event. It will be refreshing to shake the hand of someone who is unafraid of the backlash we authors can sometimes get for doing things like…oh…stating the truth, or maybe even just our humble opinion.

I too urge all you casual readers to check out the comments on this blog. What you will find quite often are not true comments ó which I would define as a reflection on a post, or additional/helpful information related to the post subject. No, oftentimes you will see straight up attacks on the authorís character for saying what he/she feels. Why, I was just questioned in a not-so-nice way because I had the gall to care about clubs closing early. Bad, bad Aradia.

Well, I will say that through all of these comments, I am learning to feel alive! And by no means do I want to discourage anyone from commenting – that’s what makes this all worth while. I mean, whatís better than a booming, wonderfully active blog site where posts about the Yellow Daisy Festival are likely to spark a firestorm of literary battle?! In my opinion, few things can compete ;-)

Keep on reading, Atlanta!

14 Comments so far

  1. jehad (unregistered) on September 14th, 2005 @ 3:23 pm

    Viva la post and comments…and the apparent egos and arrogance that go with them. Nothing should dissuade the flow of words, no matter how much they may sting, or are wrong. Violence on the other hand is for the empty minded and hearted, and those who propagate its agenda deserve no respect, even if their words are heard.

    And long live Bono and the Irish, for his courage and their struggle through centuries of oppression.

    and finally and most importantly, Commies aren’t cool.

  2. Oliver (unregistered) on September 14th, 2005 @ 4:19 pm

    I’ve read the discussions on both of the posts to which y’all refer. I found the responses to be quite entertaining, which is why I was confused as to why Andisheh’s last post lacked a Comments link. I’m sure this was purely unintentional, because to me it seemed a cheap way to get one last post in without a retort.

  3. Aradia (unregistered) on September 14th, 2005 @ 4:25 pm

    Thanks to Jehad for an actual positive comment.

    Oliver, thanks for commenting and I’m glad you found the aforementioned comments entertaining! But I have to say that as an author and blogger on several sites, I don’t think there’s anything cheap about wanting to make one statement without getting the retorts – especially after oneside’s outbursts.

  4. Maigh (unregistered) on September 14th, 2005 @ 4:28 pm

    Thanks Jehad. Nice for someone to recognize it since we generally don’t run around yelling about how we’re being oppressed.

    I mean, The Man is always trying to keep me down, but that’s altogether different.

  5. jehad (unregistered) on September 14th, 2005 @ 4:45 pm

    uh, i guess welcome.

    comments are the life blood of blogs…set them free..even the purportedly ‘harshly negative’ ones…probably not even a bad idea to do an open thread every once in awhile. this site gets stale when it’s just the contributors responding and patting each other on the arses. Challenge each other and others.

    Joe Biden is an egomaniac who has a love affair with the sound of his voice.

    Maigh, anyone with a Gaelic name is fine by me. Are you or your family from Mayo? Seriously, little do people know of what the Irish have gone through…not saying the people here on this site…but elsewhere and beyond.

  6. sterling sterl (unregistered) on September 14th, 2005 @ 7:43 pm

    Man I know this argument stuff can get you down and it’s hard to be a straight up truth teller in this world of criminals and liars. I been there myself, dun. But a few words for you, a’ight? Stay Strong! Hold The Blog! The Future of Literacy is At Stake! Take No Prisoners! I feel you man! I know you can do it! We’re right there with you!

  7. mae (unregistered) on September 14th, 2005 @ 9:49 pm


  8. True Believer (unregistered) on September 15th, 2005 @ 10:53 am

    Questioning someone’s ideas is not an attack on their character. An attack on your character would be saying something like, “You sound like George Bush”. Which you do, when you say anti-intellectual things like ‘comments I don’t agree with aren’t true comments’.

  9. jehad (unregistered) on September 15th, 2005 @ 6:07 pm

    is anti-intellectual sort of like being, uh, you know, stupid?

    or is it defined as the state of which is directly opposed to being intellectual?

    help a brotha out here.

  10. aradia (unregistered) on September 15th, 2005 @ 6:14 pm

    Sterling – You Rock!

    True Believer – I think I’d die if someone said I sound like W. ;-)

    Jehad – I think anti-intellectual would be like, “I think I’m really smart, but I’m choosing to keep it real by acting like an idiot so the common people can relate to me, except I’m actually a dumbass and I just can’t tell.” :-)

  11. Jim V. (unregistered) on September 16th, 2005 @ 10:28 am

    Or it could be an opposition the premise that one form artistic or cultural expression is superior, i.e. that Country Music or Hip Hop are as valuable as Classical Music, that Basketball is as valuable as Wimbledon, that Dreamland Barbeque is as valuable as Bacchanalia, etc.

    Or it could be an opposition to the tendency by some to over analyze certain issues.

    Or it could an opposition to the egotism required to describe oneself as intellectual.

    I, for one, am a self-hating intellectual, which ironically, makes me a sort of an anti-intellectual.

  12. Aradia (unregistered) on September 16th, 2005 @ 10:33 am


    That’s so cool. Someone I can identify with.
    And no one can tell me that Dreamland BBQ is NOT as valuable as Bacchanalia, dammit! That there’s some good shit! ;-)

  13. jehad (unregistered) on September 16th, 2005 @ 5:32 pm

    i used to be anti-intellectual before i was an antidisestablishmentarian, which is before my floccinaucinihilipilification of the church.

    now i’m just stoopid.

    and harshly negative.

  14. Aradia (unregistered) on September 16th, 2005 @ 5:40 pm

    Floccinaucinihilipilification is the most awesome word ever.

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