Thursday, May 31, 2007

Quit with the quitting already

How are our panel members doing as they try to quit smoking before the ban comes in? asks the BBC.


And I ask: is there anything, anything, in this universe less interesting than people describing at length their heroic efforts to give up tobacco?

7 comments:

Toque said...

Yes, fat people describing their heroic efforts to lose weight.

The TV schedules are crammed with fatties at the moment - "I'm fatter than my fat dog", "Too fat to wipe my own arse" and "When fat people explode" to name a few examples.

Just as bad are the programmes about people with eating disorders.

Does anyone care about strangers' dysfunctional relationship with their food? As long as I don't have to sit next to them on a plane I can't say that I do.

Peter Burnet said...

Yes, people who blame their divorces on their sex addictions.

David said...

And here I was going to describe my diet regimen in fascinating detail. It's really quite interesting.

Instead, I suppose I'll have to talk about the mechanics of writing, which is only slightly less fascinating. At first, I wrote "diet regime" as an intentional malapropism, but then on reconsideration I decided that "regimen" is too connected to diet. No one would actually notice the missing "n" and the few who did would just assume that I'm illiterate. On the other hand, even going back and making changes is a change of technique. My blogging and commenting aesthetic has always been, other than with poetry, to simply type out whatever was on the top of my mind and not go back and rewrite.

Brit said...

Perhaps you're getting precious about the literary reputation of 'David', David.

David said...

I can't believe that I forgot to give y'all a detailed report on my recent surgery.

Duck said...

It is hard to reconcile public fear over the pervasiveness of surveillance cameras with the increasing levels of unsolicited personal confessions in the media and the internet. It really doesn't seem that most people treasure their privacy anymore.

monix said...

Privacy is only valued when it can command a large sum these days e.g. if it belongs to CZJ/Douglas. I recall, not too long ago, when anyone standing too close to a public telephone box would be glared at, ferociously, by the caller. Nowadays that same caller uses his/her mobile phone to broadcast the most intimate details to everyone within earshot.