Bitch on the Blog

November 25, 2011

Don’t judge a book by its reader

Filed under: Errors — bitchontheblog @ 10:50
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There is a blog I visit in the same masochistic spirit as one picks at the huge scab on your knee after you – spectacularly – fell off your bike (age 9) and just as the wound starts healing.

The blogger would make an excellent – highly strung and highly irritating – self absorbed heroine in a Maupassant or Somerset Maugham story; Hemingway would have shot her by now or tossed her to his bull in the afternoon, never to see the dark of print.

No, no, it’s not you,





  1. The self absorption factor is of so many bloggers (including yours truly…truly yours) is the constant disappointment that persues me….. is this a result of the “everyone has a novel in them syndrome”?

    Comment by magpie11 — November 25, 2011 @ 11:43 | Reply

    • Magpie, that is not the self absorption I am talking about. What I am talking about is hugely unpleasant – to me.

      I will come back to the subject once I have found a way of packaging it without unnecessarily stepping on oversensitive toes. Can’t be too careful since, to my wonderment, you wouldn’t believe how touchy people are. And how easily some will put on a shoe that does NOT fit them, that was never meant for them.

      As to “a novel in everyone”: Don’t think so. What every single one of us carries is an autobiography and I have encouraged many a person to write down “themselves”, ie their thoughts, memories, their lives, their take and twist on how they perceive the world. Because, once memory loss sets in, or you have snuffed it, all irretrievable. Mind you, having said that: Even if you write yourself down you will still be open to other’s interpretation.


      Comment by Ursula — November 25, 2011 @ 15:26 | Reply

      • I’m now wondering about self absorption ……. for some reason I’m put in mind of Amoebae which is not quite fitting.

        I would believe how touchy people is ….. it still surprises me, especially when it is me that’s being sensitive…..
        Seriousness alert: Seriousness alert…..
        I have never believed the idea that everyone has at least one novel in them myself but there is something about this Blogging thing. So many bloggs that I read are self indulgent. People so often seem to think that they have soemthing of true worth to impart to the world or are able to entertain the world with their written utterances.
        I enjoy story telling but never feel able to take it up seriously, in spite of being urged to do so by many in that sphere of human entertainment. perhaps the aether would be better if many bloggers could be as reticent or perhaps self aware…..

        Comment by magpie11 — November 25, 2011 @ 20:19 | Reply

  2. Tell that blogger like it T-I-S. I’m ready for a cat fight!

    Comment by totsymae1011 — November 25, 2011 @ 14:00 | Reply

    • Totsy, believe me: If I needed claws I’d look no further than your good self. I knew I could rely on you and your warpaint.

      However, this minute I am trying to fit for size a nice soft sheep to hide the wolf. The logistics of which boggle the mind. Apart from finding a large sheep you need to sedate the wolf. Otherwise it won’t work. I can see it now: “Grandmother why are you a sheep?” “No idea. I just am.” “Grandmother, why does your stomach rumble so?” “Because there is a big bad wolf waiting to get out”. Run, rabbit, run run run.


      Comment by Ursula — November 25, 2011 @ 15:35 | Reply

  3. Whew, I’m relieved it’s not me…or is it? Drats! This is going to keep me up all night. Well, at least until bed-time… 😉

    Comment by Lorna's Voice — November 28, 2011 @ 21:22 | Reply

    • Often ponder on how easy it is to induce paranoia, in oneself and others. No, Lorna, it’s not you. You have dignity. And I have indigestion.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — November 29, 2011 @ 10:25 | Reply

  4. Like a moth to the flame… I wonder, what is the fascination?

    Comment by Phil — November 29, 2011 @ 16:50 | Reply

    • Phil, may I suggest that it’s the moth’s nature to be attracted to the flame. If it had a choice in the matter I am sure it would head in a different direction.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — December 3, 2011 @ 17:37 | Reply

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