Sometimes, right before I drift off into La La Land, I come up with some interesting topics of conversation. Most of them have a way of being centered on fart jokes, my goofball cats, or how much hubby’s job tends to suck. Last night broke up that monotony when the question of whether some of the literary greats would have blogged.
Jack Kerouac was the first one I thought of since I am currently reading his novel On the Road. I know little about Kerouac as a person and I am only now getting into his writing but judging by the style I think that if he were alive today he’d certainly have his own blog.
Since I couldn’t stop at Kerouac, I also questioned whether Hemingway, Steinbeck, or the brilliant Hunter S. Thompson would have had their own blog.
This is where I get those pleasant reminders of why I love my husband. Rather than nod and say “Yea, that’s nice dear. Can we go to sleep now?” he took a moment to ponder what I was babbling about at midnight.
“Yea, I agree. Definitely Kerouac. I’d also guess Edward R. Murrow as well as Mark Twain,” he said.
It wasn’t just personality we briefly and rather unscientifically thought about when thinking of writers. It was writers we knew, at least in our groggy state, were the type who had a lot to say and would consider blogging a great platform for expressing their thoughts and opinions.
Other writers included:
- Truman Capote
- Upton Sinclair
- Bob Woodward
- Carl Bernstein
- Frederick Douglass
- J.D. Salinger
I wish I could remember the rest of the conversation because from what little I do remember it was an interesting one. We touched on muckracking, communism, politics, and scandal, to name a few.
We also discussed whether Ralph Waldo Emerson would have blogged. That was hubby’s guess and we both agreed he probably wouldn’t have. My guess is likely way off since I have not read Emerson in years. Walt Whitman also came up during the discussion and I was hesitant to say yes or no. Thanks to Hollywood, I think of Dead Poets Society when blurting out, “O Captain, My Captain.” Thanks, Robin Williams. At least the movie is/was good.
Now that I have this idea in my head along with all the reading I’ve been doing lately, this is something I’d like to consider a bit more since several of the books on my list involve 19th and 20th century authors who would have been dead long before blogging became popular.
Who do you think would have had a blog and why? Share your thoughts in the comments.