I’ve learned quite a bit about “maintaining” Inveterate Media Junkies in the last few months… Probably more than in my previous 3 years of being on the internet combined.
Though I am writing more now than I ever have, I still feel it’s not enough. I think my main problem is– if I am going to write a post– I feel it should have at least some sort of substance to it… No matter how little. As much as I would love to just put up 6 or 7 stories a day containing videos and a few lines of snark– I feel that, without any substance, the posts would be completely forgettable within 24 hours. (Hell, probably within 12 hours). But since that is the nature of the internet beast anyway, it’s a habit I will continue to try to break.
On Monday morning I was going around the Internets, attempting to find something of interest to write about. While doing so, two sites I frequently visit both had the same story posted that– in actuality– were about a “nothing” topic. Ya, their description of what happened was kinda cool (I guess)… But did it warrant a whole post? Then today I saw the same story pop up on a couple more sites, so I said, “Fuck it. I’ll just write about this too.” but, ya know, in my own way.
So, what’s this “nothing” topic– which has become “something”– that I am now writing about?
On last week’s episode of Louie (which I also watched last week), comedian Louis C.K. was in a book store chatting up a sales clerk while he was– wait for it– “fingering” a few volumes of the manga Yotsuba&! on a shelf.
That’s it. That was the topic of these columns.
To be fair, the sites writing about this amazing! and incredible! occurrence are geek oriented. Still, I never thought this happenstance moment in a random television episode would be a topic worth discussing. If my mind could see some worth in covering these type of “geeky” things, I bet I could’ve created several hundred more IMJ posts overrunning with trivial shit.
Like, how last season– on the E4 TV Show Skins– the character Liv was sitting around reading a copy of Blankets by Craig Thompson… Or how a plot point on the CW’s Hart of Dixie revolved around the comic Chew. I see and acknowledge all these things and yet, they seem so trivial to me…But maybe I need to rethink that, since it also seems like I could get a whole lot out of mileage out of them writing-wise.
Still, I’m conflicted… Because you know what wasn’t trivial about last week’s Louie? The fact that not one, but TWO of my favorite women appeared in the exact same episode: Maria Bamford AND Parker Posey. Heh, I am also aware how “trivial” that might sound to most of you… But for me, I thought it was awesome. Hell, I should’ve written about that… Different strokes and all.
I’m now thinking about getting a t-shirt made that says Parker Posey > Yotsuba&!. Even if nobody ever gets the reference, I think it will be totally worth it.