Thursday, May 17, 2007

alec soth interview

i haven't had to do this in a while. don't get me wrong, i use merriam webster's thesaurus all the time. just not the dictionary too much. but today, while i was traipsing through alec soth's link list, i and came across the blog grammar.police from where i promptly ran to merriam-webster to look up a word. okay, several words. but i'm only posting one of them (it's a pretty good one i think):

main entry: ep·i·ste·mic
pronunciation: "e-p&-'stE-mik, -'ste-mik
function: adjective
: of or relating to knowledge or knowing : cognitive
- ep·i·ste·mi·cal·ly /-mi-k(&-)lE/ adverb

but my visit to grammar.police subsequently resulted in a visit to artkrush where i found an interview with (wait for it) alec soth himself. he talks about his blog. articulately. as usual.

this was one of my favorite insights:
"a blog is not a diary. big or small, there's always an audience. one thing i've learned is that when you have an audience, there is a good chance you'll be misinterpreted. this is especially true of anything of the great frustrations with internet communication is that you don't really have a voice. absent are the subtleties of tone and facial expression. people misread things all the time. it's frustrating."

and i hope no one missed this little gem at the end:
"with my photography, i'm a big believer in serendipity. the goal is to find the flow of things. with the blog, i feel like i'm exercising my serendipity muscle."

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