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lies like truth

December 31, 2007

I've been blogging for exactly a year. Blimey. It's been a surreal 12 months. Little did I know when I embarked upon this five-day-week side-gig on January 1, 2007 that I would still be doing it today. Seems like a fitting moment to share a few small thoughts about the future of this endeavor:

1. It took me 10 and a half months to get around to installing Google Analytics code on my blog. I'm so glad I did it, though I regret not doing it much sooner. It's been exciting to see the rise and fall of visitors to this blog over the past couple of months and tracking where people come from.

2. Could it be time to start adding images to this blog (as I do with all the rest of the content on my website?) Might be kinder on the eye than merciless unbroken reams of text.

3. Finally, I've decided to give this blog a name. So, as of about 20 minutes ago, I'm christening it "lies like truth", a title inspired by a collection of writings by the great theatre director and critic Harold Clurman. In the epigraph to his book, Clurman quotes Picasso: “Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth,” and Macbeth, “I … begin to doubt the equivocation of the fiend that lies like truth.” What I love about art is its way of messing with the truth -- of telling us what's really going on in the world through the medium of fiction. Call it the Matrix Effect or what you will, but it's a powerful sentiment, whatever name you give it.

These days, it's becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish between fact and fantasy. Alan Bennett’s doollally headmaster in Forty Years On echoes this sentiment precisely when he says, “What is truth and what is fable? Where is Ruth and where is Mabel?” It's one of the main jobs of this blog to celebrate the confusion and perhaps, on occasion, attempt to unpick the knot.

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