One of the odd things about blogs, at least for me, is that they encourage a really informal and oddly intimate relationship between the writer and reader. I feel like I really know my favorite bloggers, in a way that I would never presume to know my favorite novelists or newspaper columnists or magazine writers. Partly, I imagine, it’s the informal voice of the blogosphere, and partly it’s the enticing mix of idiosyncratic personal information and opinionated commentary that defines the bloggy format. A blog, at least for me, is the writing genre that most closely approximates a friendly conversation.
Of course, I occasionally remember that I’ve never actually met Jason Kottke, or Matthew Yglesias, or Tyler Cowen, or Jessica Crispin, or the snarky asshole who writes The Superficial. They are all utter strangers. So to help collapse that fourth wall dividing blogger and reader I thought I’d link to a CSPAN video of me talking about, well, myself and my book. (Self-promotion is always so awkward…) The video isn’t particularly insightful – I try to summarize the wisdom of Gertrude Stein in 45 incoherent seconds – but it will give you a sense of what I look like when I talk, in case you, dear reader, are remotely interested.