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Somewhere along the way, I lost the will to self-promote. It has been a long time since I bothered sending my work around to bloggers -- or even notifying friends, most of the time. It seems like years since I've foisted anything on an editor. For that matter, I have grown quite careless about posting links to my stuff here, of all places, where the guilt factor and potential for embarrassement is presumably just about nil.

Perhaps there is some profound reason for this? Then again, it could just be abject laziness. (Never attribute deep inner meaning to anything that can be adequately explained by entropy.)


But the folks at IHE have created a set of ads for my column, including this one. I like what the graphic designer has done, so must stare down the Oblomovism long enough to post it here.....

IA recently marked its 200th installment. (Thanks to Emily for noticing.)

June 17, 2008 1:14 PM | | Comments (4)



It doesn't have the long pedigree of "Oblomovism," but I really like the version of the concept that Stephen Pearl used in his recent translation of Oblomov, "Oblomovschina." I suppose I'm probably just reacting to the more exotic sound of the Russian suffix, though, now that I think about it.

Funny that you should mention that. I don't know anything about that translation; thanks for the reference. But from looking around online I saw that there was an essay titled "What is Oblomovism?" by N. A. Dobrolyubov -- one of the 19th century Russian intellectuals regarded as a worthy ancestor during the days of the Soviet Union. (Half the Bolshevik spirit initially consisted of trying to embody the exact opposite of Oblomov. Lenin is pretty explicit about this.)

Anyway, I remembered buying an old Foreign Languages Press translation of Dobrulyubov's Selected Philosophical Essays from the 1950s. It seemed odd that I'd not noticed "What is Oblomovism?" upon scanning the table of contents.

Digging it out, I saw that it's listed, rather, as "What is Oblomovshina?" And then your comment arrives a few minutes later. Synchronicity!

One would think that an effective advertisement for your column would contain within it a link to your column. Perhaps it will, normally. But not here. You had to add one, separately.

One hopes this won't be the case when the ad appears on other websites and you must diligently follow it around, adding a link each time. That sounds exhausting. I'd go back to bed except that's where I keep my laptop.

So I've taken to falling asleep on the couch. Or while sitting up in my cubicle. I recommend making one of those Homer Simpson spectacles, the ones with the open eyes painted on them to permit dozing while on jury duty -- and then sending them to me.

Actually the ad is supposed to run at the IHE site itself, so I don't know if they have considered that as necessary. It is a good idea, though.

[UPDATE: Evidently the ad will have such a link embedded in it. In fact, this is something I could do myself, it seems, had I any feel for how these things work, which is nowhere near being the case.]

If I ever do get my hands on the Homer glasses, you can be sure I will never part with them for a minute. Sorry.

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