“Robin McLean’s Reptile House introduces us to a debut author of audacious originality." -- Peter Connors, BOA Editions.

OLDER FISH OBITS

ALTER EGO ? WHO IS THAT FACELESS ONE?

THE DRUM /​ THE MUSE /​ THE CRIMINAL

LOOSE IN BOSTON

GRUB GONE DRAG /​ COLUM MCCANN

REPTILE HOUSE IN PLYMOUTH

I LOVE BURLINGTON

REPTILE HOUSE MEETS PARIS REVIEW

BACK ON THE TRAIL -- NYC

BRIDGE EIGHT

WHITE BRAS ONLY

THANKS MOUNT HOLYOKE (AGAIN)

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #18: LAST STOP: BIG CARBON FOOTPRINT

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #17.8: LONG LONG LONG LONG ROAD

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #17.7: SERENDIPITY in JAYHAWK COUNTRY

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #17.5: NEXT EXIT -- KANSAS

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #17: BEARTOOTH, WYOMING and OUT OF MIND

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #16.6: MONTANA FOR A HAT

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #16.5: LOST HORSE in SANDPOINT, IDAHO

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #16.4: A GOOD CAMPGROUND IS HARD TO FIND

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #16.3: REPTILE HOUSE KICKS HARPER LEE'S BUTT

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #16.2: PIRATES

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #16.1: DETOUR #1 -- DECATUR ISLAND, WA.

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #16: SOUTHWARD

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #15.9: CHICK RESCUE -- PALMER, ALASKA

REPTILE HOUSE MAKES THE FRONT PAGE

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #15.7: DENALI FOR REAL THIS TIME

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #15.6: HOT WATER AND WIDE AWAKE

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #15.5: THANK YOU FAA

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #15.4: NORTH POLE

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #15.3: GLORIOUS DENALI

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #15.2: FAIRBANKS

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #15.1: ANCHORAGE

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #15: SHORT CUT: ALASKA

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #14..9999: CHIHULY and SPACE NEEDLES

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #14..92: ON THE DECKS OF SHIPS (REDUX)

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #14.9.5: ON THE DECKS OF SHIPS

MARY LYON WOULD BE PROUD

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #14.5.9.1: POETS AND SPACE NEEDLES

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #14.5.9: SOLITARY PEAK

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #14.5: SEATTLE BY WAY OF MT. HOOD

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #14.2: LATE NIGHT LIBRARY: THANKS FOR THE INTERVIEW

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #14.1: INLAND AND NORTH

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #14: AVENUE OF THE GIANTS

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #13. 9: LIGHT

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #13. 8: TO THE GREAT NORTHWEST

NEW HAMPSHIRE PUBLIC RADIO! THANK YOU PETER BIELLO!

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #13. 5: SAN FRANCISCO and NORTH

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #13.1: DONKEY

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #13: CALIFORNIA CAN WAIT

BOOK REVIEW: “Unnatural, unprecedented, as far as we know.”

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.9.6: SUMMITS AND CARAVANS

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.9.5: NAVADA HWY 50: THE LONELIEST ROAD

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.9: THE NEXT GENERATION TAKES THE WHEEL

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.8: GRAND MESA = BUGS

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.7: CAMPING #1

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.6: REPTILE HOUSE GOES TO 12,000 FEET

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.5: RH ROAD TEAM DOUBLES

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.4: 10 THINGS TO DO IN BOULDER WITH A COSMONAUT

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.4: 10 THINGS TO DO IN BOULDER WITH A COSMONAUT

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.3: MOOSE WELCOMES REPTILE HOUSE TO BOULDER

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.2: SANTA FE TRAIL

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.1: ONWARD NORTH

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12: BREAKDOWN

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.9: PASSENGER #1

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.8.9: GRATITUDE BREAK

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.8: SUN, RAIN, EL PASO

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.7: THE ALAMO

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.6.5: TEXAS: BUDA

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.6: TEXAS: CHISHOLM TRAIL #2

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.5: TEXAS: CHISHOLM TRAIL #1

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.4: TEXAS MODERN

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.3: WILD DETECTIVES

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.2: MHC DALLAS

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.1: TEXAS: THE GRASSY KNOLL

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11: TEXAS /​ PART I

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #10.5: TRIP MAP #1

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #10: IOWA CITY /​ BOOK OASIS

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #9.5: BACK EAST (ALMOST)

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #9: SKYLIGHT /​ GET A DAMN TICKET

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #8.3: DERAILMENT & RERAILMENT: CANINE AGILITY

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #8: SIRENLAND REUNION

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #7.999: REPTILE HOUSE TAKES TO THE AIR

TOUR BLOG POST 7.5: MHC HARTFORD

TWO NEW INTERVIEWS: Thanks BOA

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #7: HARVARD BOOK STORE

CUT OFF THE COVER AND READ IT: an INTERVIEW

TOUR BLOG POST #6: THE EPICENTER

SIDEWINDER TOUR BLOG POST #5 /​ MYSTIC

TOUR BLOG POST #4 /​ SOUTH HADLEY WITH JIM SHEPARD

TOUR BLOG POST #3 /​ AMHERST LAUNCH

TOUR BLOG POST #2 /​ BOSTON

TOUR BLOG POST #1 /​MINNEAPOLIS

THIS WINTER IS MAKING ME CRANKY

NEWS FLASH: REPTILE HOUSE HAS ARRIVED





FISH OBITUARIES:an anti-bloggers's blog

AN ANTI-BLOGGER'S MANIFESTO

August 24, 2014


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Open Letter: An Anti-Bloggers Manifesto Blog-List. Thanks to Becky Tuch and the Grubstreet Blogging class for their backing on this one.

Blogging is democratic, economically fair, a powerful tool for social and political change, a way to make intellectual and artistic connections, and today I learned it is a way to improve exercise habits. Despite all this, I do not want to blog. And despite not wanting to blog, I'm blogging anyway. At least for a while. Here's why:

1. The world is going on-line. The world does not look each other in the eye anymore. We look each other in the eye online now. I am blogging to look you in the eye. To shake hands through pixels.

2. I am blogging because I fear death. I'm getting older. Long ago, I learned to write with a pencil. More and more people are younger than me now. The kids all write with pencils very poorly. If I want to be part of the New World, I have to write on a keyboard. I have to tap tap tap and then press send. Hope that someone sees, that the receiving brain translates my dots and dashes into something like the sound of my voice.

3. I am blogging because humans are herding animals. We hate to be left alone on the Savanna. When you are left alone on the Savanna, a lion eats you. I don't want to be eaten, therefore I blog.

4. I am blogging because I have maternal instincts. I don't have children so perhaps I have extra maternal build-up. I have written these stories. They are my babies. I want my babies to go to Harvard, just like every other Mom in the world. If I want my kids to go to Harvard, all the publishing blogs say I must blog. It's like scrubbing toilets. I'll do anything for my kids.

5. I am blogging as an expression of gratitude. My publisher changed my life by accepting my book, and my publisher's viability depends on book sales. My publisher wants me to blog. They want me to have "a social media platform." I love my publisher (though I have never met them eye-to-eye). The publisher and me, we are in this Together. I am all for Teamwork. I want to make my publisher happy, sort of like making dad or mom happy. So I am blogging, I admit, also with a childish instinct.

6. As a fiction writer, I'm comfortable expressing myself as a character, not as myself. It was told once that each person must have a certain distance, some amount of "insulation," from the subject. If the subject is the Sun, some people can write about the Sun from Mercury, while others must retreat to Pluto. If a person writes about the Sun from Saturn, she might blog best in form of parodies, jokes, lies and other fraudulent settings. What does it matter if the thing is Fact, if the thing is True?

7. I have been political in my life, spoken out for many things, with joy and enthusiasm. If I can find a way to be indirect, perhaps with Fish Obits or Manifestos, then this blogging thing might catch on.


Fish Obit #827

Keep swimming
Keep swimming
Keep swimming
Keep swimming

RIP



If you would like to contribute a fish (or reptile) obituary to this blog, please post a comment below with the basics.
Robin McLean also blogs at Mike's Maze.

Comments

  1. August 26, 2014 5:45 AM EDT
    - Anonymous
  2. August 27, 2014 12:33 PM EDT
    Well said, all of it.

    Nice mantra at the end (in #827). :)
    - Margaret
  3. August 31, 2014 2:05 PM EDT
    Wow, so deep! That obit says it all. Thanks to Margaret, or I might have overlooked #827.
    - Tim Sutton
  4. May 23, 2015 12:33 PM EDT
    Well, this is me then, looking at you in the eye, Robin. Resisting as you resist this electronic ether but giving in, for many of the same reasons. Here's to hoping that us animals will gather together later this summer and romp the hills together, just as our legs intended. Until then, I send many friendly pixels your way.
    - Nickole Brown