As none of you would be aware, a belligerently believalist blog by the name of Daily Kos (or was it The Daily Kos?) once sacrificed hours of its time to give yours truly a free writing workshop. As soon as their post—ostensibly on the topic of how much they were ignoring CliScep—was drawn to my attention a few months later, my reaction was to wonder, “Who are these lettuce-themed stalkers with nothing better to do than ignore us all day?”
I’ve always regretted how ungracious I was in the face of the altruism of strangers. In my defense, my ego was probably piqued when they compared my style unfavorably to that of today’s greatest satirist, Jonathan Swift. (Really though, how could I be expected to compete with such bleeding-edge, better-than-any-other-example-they-could-think-of-in-history comedy?)
Well, it seems my blogging of a TIME article has provoked a fresh outburst of generosity above and beyond the preconditions for sainthood. Expanding on their unsolicited, undeserved advice to me, the Quotidian Cossacks say, inter alia:
Keyes needs to learn how legitimate parody—like Peter Gleick’s classic ‘Heartland Strategy Document’—differs from the gratuitous deception that seems to be his only stock in trade.
Proper parodists use childishly-, almost babyishly-inept imitative gropings to remove any doubt in the mind of the (adult) reader that, ‘Hey, relax, this isn’t the real thing—or anything in particular, for that matter.’
Deniers like Keyes, on the other hand, are so ignorant of the generic and ethical requirements of the form that they actually resort to competent prose, correct punctuation and English orthography! This is all but calculated to make us, the reader, feel betrayed and stupid… which is hardly conducive to enjoying their blog, is it?
And make no mistake: they do this in the full knowledge—thanks to WordPress’ powerful, flexible yet user-friendly Statistics feature—that hundreds of their hapless readers will be American.
Is this amusing? I ask you, is this amusing? To anyone?
It moves me to the point of dyspnoea that ordinary, everyday Kosses should go out of their way to help me blog the best that I can blog, not once but twice, when we at CliScep have done nothing but neglect their exertions (at best), or snicker (at worst).
After all, it would be the easiest thing in the world for them to sit back and watch us “forge ahead, oblivious to [our] own blunders,” as Napoleon put it.
Or was it Peter Gleick?
[And no, I won’t link to The Tossed Lettuce, so please don’t ask.]