I started this blog on July 14, 2003, ten years ago. (This was the very first posting.)
Back then the word “blog” was still comparatively unfamiliar to the public at large, and there were, so far as I know, fewer than a dozen blogs that dealt solely or primarily with cultural matters, none of which was written by a critic who published regularly in the national media. Now there are far more than I can count.
Many, perhaps most of the artblogs that were launched in the early years of the twenty-first century have since fallen by the wayside, but “About Last Night” is still here. I’ve posted something–if only an almanac entry–every weekday for a decade. Sometimes it’s a burden, but mostly it’s a pleasure.
I tip my hat to Laura “Our Girl” Demanski and Carrie Frye, both of whom have shared this space with me in the past, much to my delight. Of late, alas, they’ve become too busy to blog (Laura is editing a magazine and Carrie is writing a book). When and if their lives change, they’ll be welcome back, and then some.
I don’t feel like going on at length about the tenth anniversary of “About Last Night” precisely because it is still here, a fixed point on the horizon of cyberspace. I do, however, want to point you to a few of my favorite postings. Some of them are about art, others about life, most about the intersection between the two. All are personal, most very much so. In time I hope to spin them, and others like them, into a book.
For the moment, though, I invite you to look back with me over a decade of uninterrupted blogging. I hope you’ve enjoyed the ride:
• From 2005: Time off for good behavior
• From 2006: In a strange land
• From 2008: Sacred to the memory
• From 2013: Blossoms in the breeze