A few weeks ago, on a very funny post with the where-else-but-BJ title, Being the Whitest Form of White with a Black Roommate in One of the Whitest States in America, RSA commented,
Cole ought to write a novel, semi-autobiographical, in the great American tradition. He has a voice, as the writing coaches say, and I think it would be a great engaging read.
Ehh, choose the posts and I will send them to an editor. I can’t tell the good ones from teh bad.
I’m RSA. After some badgering of the management I was given the keys to the place, just for this. Let’s see if we can come up with John Cole’s greatest hits. Put up a link to your favorite of his posts, as a comment, along with a brief description of what’s in it and why you like it. (This will help reduce repetitions; of course it’s fine to talk about whatever comes up.) I tend to think of slice-of-life posts about pets, cars, roommates, mustard, and the challenges of avoiding long pants, but of course political posts are fair game as well. You can search the site using the Google box; adding “posted by John Cole” to your search terms may help you to find a vaguely remembered post.
For background, Cole started blogging in 2002, as he recounts in a 2009 interview with Erik Kain. He described the blog’s commenters as “a dyspeptic, curmudgeonly, and off color community, but a community nonetheless.” Are you feeling honored by this description? Let’s return the favor. I’ll collate the results, if there’s any response, and we’ll figure out what to do then.