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Re: Further thoughts on WWAATD

In response a comment on the post Further thoughts on WWAATD. « We Who Are About To Die (click and read the reply from Joseph Riippi before going any further. I’ll wait.)

One of the semi-regular bloggers commented on the anxiety and pressure he puts himself under in order to blog. I started writing my reply when I realized that, really, I was trying to re-assure myself as much as I was trying to re-assure him. So, instead, I decided to respond on here, my own blog. Well, one of ’em anyway.


Joseph – for God’s sake, allow yourself to be frivolous. It’s a cliche to say that it’s the simple things in life that give us the greatest joy, so I won’t.

…except I just did. S***.

Scratch that. Let’s start over.


Joseph –

For God’s sake, allow yourself to be frivolous.

I understand your dilemma. I’m not an artist and I’m often embarrassed to identify myself as a writer, since I’ve never been published and made nary an attempt to make a career out of doing any such thing. I suppose I should. I mean, really, I should have jumped on more opportunities when they were presented to me. Most recently, I was—

Wait, where was I?

Oh, Hell. Let’s start over.


Joseph –

For God’s sake, allow yourself to be frivolous.

Remember the episode of “Diff’rent Strokes” where the guy who owns the bicycle shop totally molested Arnold’s friend, and almost molested Arnold too? It was so weird. I mean, they had Arnold watch a porno cartoon while dead people laughed. It was a superbly uncomfortable topic to broach, and while I understand they thought they were doing a public service, I have to wonder if it really prevented any molestations from occurring. You’d think stories of the show’s profound and positive effect on a young person’s life would have propagated if that were the case.

And what exactly IS “Neptune, King of the Sea” a euphemism for?

…oh, damnit. Let’s start over.


Joseph –

For God’s sake, allow yourself to be frivolous.

Some of the most wonderful things on Earth – nay, all of them – are derived from our observations and participation in the mundane and seemingly inconsequential. Know why? Because they distract us from those complicated philosophical dilemmas, unanswerable questions, and horrible pressures that weigh us down and contribute to our anxiety and chronic depression.

Not everything is a body of work, even if it is seen by an audience. You may think yourself a lesser man for what you contribute (or don’t) to the blog, but I can assure you with all sincerity that nothing you do on here can or ever will detract from anyone’s opinion of you professionally or personally.

So please, I beg of you, get to posting YouTube videos of kittens mewing or Morgan Freeman singing about taking a bath in a casket. Your happiness – and your life – may depend on this simple pleasure.

Kevin Marshall
Loyal reader & “Precision Commenter” of WWAATD
Blogger for the Times Union
MMA Enthusiast
Scared of Life

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  1. June 28, 2010 at 8:28 am

    I have been staring for a bit trying to think of something frivolous-yet-poignant to say.

    One could argue Finnegan’s Wake as something extremely frivolous.

    So I’ll just say “let the riverrun let the”

  1. June 28, 2010 at 8:46 am
  2. June 28, 2010 at 8:48 am

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