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It's not easy feeling green...

I'm still a smidgen burned out from those two pieces about religion I tossed out on Monday, so I'm keeping it light for a little bit longer.

I've said repeatedly that I think I'm a pretty good writer, and I'm proud of my work here. But in no way do I consider myself the best writer around. In fact, every now and then I find something written online that I look at and say "I wish I had written that" -- or, in some cases, "I tried to write that," when I find someone has tackled something I wrote -- but far, far better.

Chronologically speaking, the first one I can cite is this epic rant composed after 9/11. I saw it practically everywhere, and admired its conciseness, clarity, and the way the author tied together so many disparate elements into a cohesive whole that was at the same time hysterical, terrifying, and true. However, it wasn't for a few years that I waded through all the claims and assignments of authorship to find out that its true creator was Laurence Simon -- which could only have been more obvious if there had been a cat reference in there somewhere.

Now, I'm no fan of the French. I have engaged in more than my fair share of France-bashing, but whenever I indulge in it, I find myself citing this legendary summation of French military history by Bigwig. It's all bitingly true, as well as one of the most masterful displays of snark I have ever seen.

Finally, in the "I tried to write it, but didn't even come close" category, is Will Franklin. I first discovered Will when he tracked back to a piece of mine where I (blush) believe I was the first to apply P. J. O'Rourke's "Babe Theory" of political movements. His piece was a comment on the shrinking world community, with a tossed-off reference to the use of American symbols and slogans in the Lebanese protests against Syrian occupation.

But as much as Will might have liked my piece, he apparently had a hunch that there was enough material that I hadn't touched on in my piece. He thought that he could take my observations, even my title, and build his own piece out of it. One that he actually, arrogantly thought might even surpass mine, and achieve legendary status.

But I guess it isn't arrogance if you can do it -- and Will did. In words, in pictures, in sheer magnitude and scope and brilliance, Will made his mark on the blogosphere with this magnum opus. My only consolation is that I tell myself I can steal just a smidgen of the credit for inspiring it. I even got over my resentment to the point that when Kevin needed a couple of weeks off last summer, Will was the first person I suggested as a guest poster. (It was partly a strategic move -- if I brought Will in as a "temporary guest blogger," then his transient presence might keep Kevin from offering him a spot -- possibly my spot -- permanently.)

There, that takes a little of the burden off me.


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Comments (9)

Burned out on religion? I c... (Below threshold)
edmcgon:

Burned out on religion? I can't imagine why. ;)

Just an FYI, but Bigwig got... (Below threshold)
MH:

Just an FYI, but Bigwig got his list and comments of the French Military Victories from this legendary page:

http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/text/france.html

Given your very predictable... (Below threshold)
cat:

Given your very predictable dislike for the French, I assume you have called for the removal and return of the Statue of Liberty. And if you haven't already demanded its destruction, I'm sure, as a true patriot, you will be doing so very soon.

Meh. Miss Liberty is as muc... (Below threshold)
Ikkonoishi:

Meh. Miss Liberty is as much of an American as anyone else. Why should we dislike her based on her parentage?

The Babe Theory of Politica... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

The Babe Theory of Political Movements is a classic and a phenomenon worthy of further study. A fascinating conflict of sex vs. sexual repression as methods of political power. I hope the book that comes out on this has a lot of those color plates in the center.

You know what is funny is t... (Below threshold)

You know what is funny is that I had written another post on the Babe Theory with plenty of props, and links, over here to Wizbang. The now-famous post sort of organically went from a follow-up afterthought piece to a full blown treatise.

Meh. Miss Liberty is as ... (Below threshold)

Meh. Miss Liberty is as much of an American as anyone else. Why should we dislike her based on her parentage?

Actually, her parentage was far more worthy of our friendship than her still-French cousins. Cat just can't see how France has changed since 1876.

I think "Only a crazy perso... (Below threshold)

I think "Only a crazy person picks a fight with someone who's nuts" should be mentioned to a certain cat-hating law professor right about now.

If I were Mean Machine Angel, my dial would be turned to 2 right about now.

You have to give the French... (Below threshold)
Dave:

You have to give the French some credit. They kicked greenpeace's butt.




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