Here and here I take Michelle Russell at her word and compose the most horrible blog post(s) ever. She’s right: to allow yourself to write a horrible blog post has a therapeutic character. I had neglected my humble blog for several months and needed a way back in. Here it is. I should add that I discovered Russell’s post only after I composed and posted my horrible contributions. I take my decision to just start writing combined with Russell’s post as a sign from the dark forces who rule our universe: It is OK to suck.
Why do these posts suck? I write no introductions; I arrive at no general conclusions. I develop no sense of context. Instead I post excerpts of the original text and interpolate comments in the form of enumerated paragraphs. What I produce in both cases are close readings, the lowest form of scholarship. What I hope to do is to gather a set of Obama speeches and remarks over the coming weeks to try to detect patterns in his message formation. The close readings will serve as a basis. Or more likely I will forget this project and move on to another. We shall see.