Thursday, 17 January 2008

good comment

"Cardigan buttons on daytime-paper," something sad said, quietly, once.

someone wrote this on the post below this one (the cat photo), anonymously, as a comment. i feel very proud. i think it is my favourite comment written on my blog so far. i would like to know who it was. but i don't mind never knowing, either.

i used the word 'proud' because i felt excited that someone who thought things like that would 'waste' that thought as a comment on my blog. and that someone who writes comments like that is reading my blog. anyway, i enjoyed it. i like the word cardigan (and wearing cardigans) a lot, but i also enjoy it as a thing to read, because there are points in it -- like the 'sad said' part -- that catch you out as a reader, that make you think about reading; not in a cold 'metaphysical' or no-emotion way, but like there is some kind of emotion in that comment, and it is 'slow to unfurl' and is just a person trying to convey something non-cliched. in re-reading it (for me, anyway) there is more pleasure in finding out what it means, and i really like that kind of double-enjoyment thing of studying the language itself and also simultaneously feeling a direct mild emotion (pleasure) of whatever-it-is communicated.

this probably doesn't make sense. but i don't think (i am not showing off here, honest) that i've ever met anyone as anal about 'written language' (the direct pleasure of placing words and punctuation in a certain order) as i am, and by reading that comment i felt something communicated, that someone else thinks about it as anally as i do. (it is not 'showing off' anyway, probably, to say -- in our 'current climate' -- that i am concerned with something like that. it is more likely to be thought of as something 'geeky' or 'sad'.)

but thank you, anyway, whoever it was.

(note: i maybe shouldn't be writing this. maybe this is 'reckless'. i am a bit drunk, after going out and seeing a thing where a guy from work did stand up comedy, and it was good. i had fun. then i came home and read that comment and felt excited. this is the 'context'.)


Anonymous said...

“Sail Forth- Steer for the deep waters only. Reckless O soul, exploring. I with thee and thou with me. For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared go. And we will risk the ship, ourselves, and all.”

Lacey said...

i like the cardigan comment better.

chris killen said...

me too.

An Unreliable Witness said...

"i've [never] met anyone as anal about 'written language' (the direct pleasure of placing words and punctuation in a certain order) as i am."


chris killen said...