Friday, June 03, 2005
Reverse Journal Blogs
It's innovative...a fascinating idea.
I don't know what to call them.
The best I could come up with is "Reverse Journal Blogs."
Take a journal that already exists, a work of classic literature.
Then enter each dated journal entry, one day at a time, into a blog, as though the classic author were alive today.
So it's the "reverse" of entering text into a blog and the journal existing as a blog first, then maybe turning into a book some time in the future.
The journal begins as a pre-existing book, and a person turns the book into a blog. And the journaling is not personal. It's "otherly" or "other-personal."
See?--we need newly coined words, neologisms, to describe these new art and communication forms emerging in the blogosphere.
Here are two blogs that I call "reverse journal blogs":
(1.) The Blog of Henry David Thoreau
Turns Thoreau's Journal into a blog.
(2.) Dracula Blogged
Turns Bram Stoker's original book "Dracula", which is a series of letters, if I recall correctly, to a family member or friend, into a blog.
I am pondering doing this to Marcel Proust's Remembrance of Things Past, which is not a journal, or series of letters, but is so personal in style, it might lend itself to such treatment.
Why would I take on such a labor-intensive project? What good would it do?
What if people actually thought Proust was alive and writing this blog?
What if I enable readers to comment?
Then the blog would become a blend of Proust and current audience reaction to him and his writing, which is fiction, but might be mis-interpreted as true confessional.
What do YOU think?
Should I do it?
Do you know of any other books, especially journals, that have been converted into blogs?
Are they of value? Introducing blog readers to literature they might not otherwise be exposed to?
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[signed] a = Steven b = Streight aka Vaspers the Grate
Posted by steven edward streight at 6/03/2005 09:48:00 PM