Have I mentioned yet that I'm reading The Help for my book club? And did I mention that my book club meets on Wednesday and I just got the book last night? And did I mention OH MY FUCKING GOD, this book sucks ass in a myriad of ways? Wow. It really, really does.
I was talking about it with a friend who is also in book club [she bought the book; I refused], and one of the things that she found most off-putting, and I have to agree, is that the writer, old what's her name, has no grasp of the dialects she is trying to use - that of un- or undereducated black maids. I agree, and found that even the white characters, with whom she so closely identifies, are stilted.
And then I thought about writers who use that effect so well - Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Mark Twain and, in a more readily acceptable comparison, Fanny Flagg. I love Fanny Flagg's work, particularly because she has such a gift for the spoken word. Which any writer will tell you, is not that easy to approximate.
So, I'm 90 skimmed pages in, and this book blows. I'm thinking this is going to be an interesting book club meeting.
I'm trying different means of commenting. I know the whole sign and word verification is bullshit, but I did get some crazy spam for a while. Now I'm doing comment moderation. This means I have to be on top of stuff, but it's easier on the commenter. We'll see if I can manage it. And yes, I'm still getting a lot of spam, but you won't see it.
I don't have a blogroll. I'm not very good at keeping up on that type of thing. I also feel like, Who gives a shit who you have on your blogroll, with your paltry commenters and readers? But. I love when I happen upon a blog and that writer has me on her blogroll. SO FLATTERING. I guess what I'm saying is, I need to do something about this double standard.
I try and alert my Twitter followers about my latest posts. Annoying or helpful?
What about feeds? I use Google Reader to keep track of my reading list. I know some people have an email option. Do you read those? I'm 50/50.
And the pictures of the followers? I kind of like that, but I don't necessarily include myself on the blogs I do follow. Again, I need to be better about that, but there is still that insecurity of "Who gives a shit if you follow? Lamer."
I'm also working on responding to each comment. I've been pretty good the past few weeks. Is that preferable to emailing a comment to the writer? Do both?
And finally, I'm in the works setting up a Facebook page. Because all the cool kids do it. Do you use FB? I'm not much of a user, but then, I have zero interest in connecting with people I went to high school with, because sweet jesus, the faster I was rid of them the happier I was.
If you could let me know what you think of any and all of these topics, I'd be grateful. Even if it's just, "For fuck's sake, write about Gwyneth K. Paltrow again, you dumdum!"