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Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 11:36 pm - December 12, 2010.
Filed under: Mythology and the real world

There is an odd serendipity between my blogging here and my graduate work.   About a month after I began my graduate work at Pacifica, Bruce asked me to join him here on this fledging blog.  At the time, I had thought my life in politics was over.

And now I find that I will separate two of the great passions in my life, story-telling and politics.   Today, December 12, 2010, I defended my dissertation and have been called Dr. Blatt.   It is a moment that I will likely always remember.

Two of the people there today were individuals I met through this blog.  And I was moved that they went out of their way to hear my defense.   It seems to me that my destiny is at that place Lionel Trilling described as the “dark and bloody crossroads where politics and literature meet.”

Rare for me, I’m at a loss for words.

Save for a few process matters, I no longer have my graduate work hanging over me.   I will now start looking for part-time teaching opportunities while continuing to blog.

So, to those of you who offered you your support, thank you.  I’ll enjoy my buzz right now and ponder the next step on my journey.

CNN Gives Crackpot Attention he Craves

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:00 am - December 12, 2010.
Filed under: Annoying Celebrities,Media Bias

I regret that I have not had much time to blog in recent days, but have been busy preparing the final draft of my dissertation as well as practicing my defense which I will deliver later today in Carpinteria.

Friday, while at the gym, I got my daily dose of CNN and was appalled that that “news” network was giving a lengthy platform to an attention-seeking hate-monger.  They even showed an extended clip of the self-proclaimed Reverend Phelps talking about how Elizabeth Edwards had entered hell — or some other nonsense (in their extended segment on his latest stunt).

Didn’t Mr. Cooper know that he was playing right into that crackpot’s hands by giving him such attention?   Because that is exactly the reason the man protests funerals.