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February 3, 2005

Something Like a Community

It's always thrilling to get those links that lead a wave of thousands of readers to your blog, refilling the "latest visitors" log in a matter of minutes rather than hours (rather than days or weeks, for newer bloggers). But there's something more encouraging, more satisfying, when an uptick in traffic yields a less uniform "latest visitors" list. Thanks to everybody who linked to my "Foibles of Longing" post, making yesterday one of those days.

The provision of quotations with some of the following doesn't imply that the other posts, much less the blogs that they're on, aren't worth taking a look at:

  • "I don't generally read Sullivan much and don't give much credence to him, but Justin's article is still relevant as many people do read Sullivan and that he is an influential voice, especially online. And he does represent a particular strain of Catholicism or even Republican: conservative on certain things, but definitely liberal on social or moral issues."
  • Areopagitica
  • The Blog from the Core: "Sullivan (and Dick Morris, too, I've noticed lately) lets his feeling lead the way: whatever he happens to feel at a given time is paramount, causing him to muster whatever evidence and arguments he can to support the feeling of the month."
  • The Curt Jester: "For Mr. Sullivan his identifying himself primarily as a homosexual is like how a large mass distorts the fabric of space around it. Nothing comes close to interfering with that identity without be conformed around it."
  • Dustbury: "My favorite Walt Whitman passage has always been this bit from Leaves of Grass:
    "Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself. I am large, I contain multitudes."
  • Fringe Blog
  • JunkYardBlog: "If I had been exposed along the lines Sullivan has been in that article--which isn't possible, because my worldview is coherent and consistent and straightforward--I would be inclined to quit writing so much publicly and instead do a bit of inner maintenance."
  • Marriage Debate Blog
  • Master of None (comment from R. Alex): "At some point along the way, he made a decision that nothing - not even views on federalism and the judiciary on every other subject - should come in between gays and marriage and anyone that disagrees is a hate-filled bigot. In lieu of making a coherent argument, he's thrown patty after patty of silly putty at the wall to see what, if anything, sticks - each indicating a moral imperative that if others miss it's because they are immoral."
  • New England Republican
  • Open Book: "As most of you know, Andrew Sullivan is taking a hiatus of sorts from blogging. Speculation abounds as to why, but as for himself, he states that it's all about needing to think and work on a bigger scale than a blog allows. He's right, and that's why I don't blog as much as I used to (believe it or not), and that's why Shea had to take a hiatus to finish a book. As I wrote to Mark when he started his break, 'We start out intending to use the blog, but too often the blog ends up using us.'"
  • The Senescent Man
  • What Attitude Problem

If I missed anybody, please let me know.

Sullivan has emailed me that he hasn't read the piece yet, by the way, but he's promised to respond either publicly or privately.

Posted by Justin Katz at February 3, 2005 10:19 AM
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I loved Jeff's "fabric of space" analogy.

Posted by: ELC at February 3, 2005 10:57 AM

Yes, that was truly inspired (and, factually accurate).

Sullivan promises to respond to you, does he?

Would it be too much to hope that he does so without making up a "Justin Katz Award?"

Or, alternatively, if he DOES make up a "Justin Katz Award," Justin, may I be the first to pin it on you?

You should wear it as a badge of honor, should he do so.

Take care, Justin.


Posted by: Aaron at February 3, 2005 4:57 PM