Sarah Boxer has a piece on blogs in the New York Review of Books. I couldn’t find it online, but I done learnt me a new word from it: ishikoro, (ishi – stone, koro – an affectionate diminutive) meaning pebble, referring to a disused or neglected blog (of which, the article suggests, there may be 85 million in the world, or more.) Picture a pebble thrown into a huge placid pond that sinks with nary a ripple, or a pebble packed in with 84,999,999 other pebbles on a path leading somewhere, between two rows of tall shady trees.

This might be what it looks like in Japanese (if not, blame Alta Vista. Some computers / browsers probably won’t be able to render the Japanese characters either): 小石 UPDATE: This NYRB article is now online.

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