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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Ten years in this space

This week marks ten years since this blog was born. Appropriately, the first post was about beginnings. As I tell Mark Thwaite in this interview about literary blogging, it wasn't the first blog I'd written for, but this was the first solo effort:
Almost immediately I recognised This Space as my true home, a miraculous release into a limitless expanse in which writing could be explored in the direction demanded by the work under discussion. The editorial identity was soon established and gave me what I had lacked until then. My only responsibility was to sustain that exploration.
Perhaps ten years suggests a certain relentlessness, an unwillingness to develop going forward. To which I respond: "Blogging is a singular project because it goes nowhere and can only keep going in that direction".

5 comments:

  1. Congratulations, and many happy returns!

    [Been reading TS nearly as long]

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  2. Congratulations, Steve! Ten years is at least 25 years in the internet world, so we'll call this your Silver Anniversary. May This Space reach gold, then diamond! According to Wiki
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wedding_anniversary
    we're aiming for Stone. Sort of the alchemical process in reverse...

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  3. a footnote, from the Cocteau biography I'm translating at the moment:
    La poésie ne mène à rien—à condition de ne pas en sortir. --Pierre Reverdy
    Poetry gets us nowhere — so long as we remain within it.

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  4. Thanks Charlotte. An ideal footnote.

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