I currently have seventy seven (that’s 77) blog posts in “draft” form. That’s almost a year’s worth if I post at a rate of 1.5 per week. But most of them will never see the light of day because they’ve lost their immediacy or would require too much work to justify publishing them.
Some are merely notes to myself. For example, the title of one is “Atwood said…” and the body contains the rather unhelpful note “re-listen to the interview. She said some things that were blogworthy.” Unfortunately I wrote that so long ago I no longer remember what interview I was referring to. Another is a review of a sandwich I ate in a food court about two years ago. That one’s a bit stale by now.
I also have a transcript of the “full statement” of Judith Regan, the almost-publisher of If I Did It, OJ Simpson’s almost-fictional account of the notorious murders that he seems to have gotten away with. It’s a rambling, 2000 word explanation of why she wanted to publish the book. I have no idea why I wanted to reproduce the statement on my blog, but some clues might lie in my preamble:
I wonder just how much the OJ trial and acquittal contributed to the continuing numbness and cynicism of the American public. When I was young, the idea of a known and unconvicted murderer walking around as a celebrity was absurd. Too unrealistic to even put in a comic book.
It goes beyond OJ; Johnny Cochrane’s celebrity status rose considerably. So the message is not just that “getting away with murder is OK;” it has expanded to “enabling people to get away with murder is OK.” That’s not to say that OJ and others like him are not entitled to a fair trial. The problem is that “beating the system” has become so ingrained as a desirable thing to do that when someone gets away with murder it is seen as something to be celebrated.
I should probably just trash at least half of these drafts. But some are worth saving and working on. But they tend to be ones that require a bit of research and fact-checking, and frankly I just don’t have time for that now. (But stay tuned…)