Chuck b. said:
Oh my..!So far, so good. Chuck is with me!
I would of course include selected tracks in the music program that I play during the cocktail hour before all my dinner parties.
Like everyone else in the world is going to do once this gets in circulation!
Everyone one the coasts, I mean.
Your level of celebrity is about to tick up a notch.
This is a terrible idea. I can't think of anything more repellent than having to listen to Titus's comments.Uh oh. I don't have Palladian! Why doesn't he appreciate Titus's absurd writings? You won't be listening to Titus. You'll be listening to me. Whatever is repellent about Titus's voice will be transformed. It won't be an attempt to impersonate him, but purely me. I think I can help you see what is so funny about it. As for prints of my photographs, anyone can download the original files and print out whatever they want under the Creative Commons license I have displayed at Flickr. As for donations, my post worked as a request for donations and I got a few. (Thanks!) I'm not desperate for money. That's not my purpose here. I really am in it for the laughs. I was reading some Titus comments aloud — the thing about the sock — and I laughed into hysteria. I'd have a lot of fun making the recording, and I only want to share the fun.... with those who find it fun.
But this is the way the wind is blowing around here. Apparently someone's endless commentary about their excrement and their fictive sexual encounters and their ugly dogs is what passes for interesting conversation these days.
Will you include the parts where he insults other commenters? How about when he sexually harasses female commenters, asking about their tits? What about his unfunny faux-conservative rants? Will these all be a part of the collection?
Bleh. Better to make a best-of cd of your late podcast or sell prints of your photographs or squirrel mugs or simply as for donations like Andrew Sullivan used to do?
I know why Althouse likes Titus's shtick.Ha ha.
Even the lame crap that Titus serves up over and over becomes performance art through his sticking to it over the long haul. When one thinks of the narrative strand that is Titus's 'I squeezed out a loaf this morning, and it had two heads,' etc., picturing it extended in time, itself like an endless loaf shat out of Titus, it has an aesthetic appeal that none of the individual loaf comments even hints at individually. So when Althouse laughs at Titus's loaf remarks, she is laughing at it not on its own, but only as a loaf-moment, if you will, in the unending loaf.
John Stodder said:
I think the guy's hilarious.... [T]here is something so decorous about the way Titus expresses pride in his creations, I can't help but laugh. There's a generosity about his whole approach here. Obviously, he's one of the commenters who disagrees with the majority, but his stings are gentle and sometimes clever....This is something I thought of doing and, in fact, worked on — 100 pages worth — in 2005. I abandoned the project because I didn't like the way it felt to be on the outside observing the thing I was actively doing, as if it had already occurred. To blog is to be constantly in the middle of things. I want to be the blogger, not the memoirist observing me, the blogger. That's not bloggy. This blog may seem to be about me, but it's not. You may be able to see something of me in it, and I know it feels personal. But the fact is, I don't blog about myself. I blog about whatever interests me at any given moment, and I'm not self-absorbed. I want to look out, not in.
But, professor, wouldn't it just be easier for you to write a damn book? You're a pioneer blogger, a pioneer bLAWger, and a pioneer woman blogger. I'm also convinced that you've got one of the few big blogs with political content that isn't essentially dishonest.... Why don't to write a book about this blog, why you do it, what it has added to your life and career, what it's taught you?....
I have to admit, I scroll past the Titus comments because I find them a little bit gross.Ha ha ha. That is funny.
And, the funny thing is, I'm trained as a pathologist.
Titus is not just a harmless minstrel in a faggot costume debasing himself for the pleasure of the straights. If you have read enough of his comments (and there are certainly a lot of them), you'll have noticed that there's a deep nasty streak underneath all the "namaste" crap. The titus project is to disrupt any attempt at reasonable conversation and drive away the intelligent commenters and readers. It hasn't totally worked fortunately, but I have to say that my interest in reading the comments on a post drastically diminishes when I see his alias...So if I'm amused, then I'm not politically correct, gay-wise?
"Always wondered why Titus was tolerated."
Unfortunately Althouse's commendable respect for free speech in her comments has allowed some bad-faith commenters to do a lot of damage to the community.
I don't understand the attraction Althouse has for titus's writing. I mean, the first few times he talked about his vapid life and his "rare clumbers" I thought it was amusing. But it quickly got old and quickly became apparent that his intentions were not good-faith performance art....
To me, titus is like a blackface minstrel amusing a crowd of upper-class white people. I'm not entirely comfortable with his clownish and repulsive depiction of a gay man. And I'm still not convinced he's not an entirely fictitious character.
Jason (the commenter) said:
Always wondered why Titus was tolerated.The plot thickens. But I know Palladian. He couldn't be playing such an elaborate prank on me.
I always wondered why Palladian was tolerated. I bet they are the same person!
Theo Boehm said:
When Titus writes about some place or thing I know about, it's inevitably misapprehended and cartoonish. It seems, as Palladian points out, as if he's toying with the suckers. His putative sexual escapades are along the same lines, again, per Palladian....That means a lot and emboldens me.
Part of what Titus is about, as has been said, is the making of everything he tells into clownish and unappealing grotesquerie. Althouse reading [some other commenter's porn] would certainly attract attention, but it wouldn't have the same underlying dark and hostile humor, if you want to call it that, of Titus' offerings. The point of porn is to attract; Titus' goal is to repel. I do think, however, there's something to learn in the process.
Althouse has in the past attracted to "comic" characters... who were classic long-range trolls, and whose goal was disruption exactly as Palladian describes. I think Althouse's commitment to free speech assumes that openness toward, and even, in the case of Titus, a co-opting of hostility that is the best way to handle it. She may have a point and a lesson to teach here. Or she may be incredibly naive about the motivations of disruptive people.
Among the many things I have learned in this blog these past years is to never underestimate Althouse, especially in her longstanding role as teacher.
Two thumbs up for Althouse, two thumbs up for Titus and two thumbs up for Palladian and all the rest of you.Aw. Cool. Thanks.
The beauty of Ann's blog is its diversity. She has created an exceptional oasis here, where those who have very different sensibilities can come for a little bit of this, and a little bit of that.
I love politics and law. I love art and photography, and humor, and commenting on headlines. I could go on and on. The best thing that Ann has brought us ALL, is a place where we can virtually sit down and hash nearly ANYTHING out, and nearly always without making those not-like-us our enemies...or worse yet, buffoons.
Face it. Most of us head out on the internet every day for hours. Some might like to spend most of their time listening to those who say EXACTLY what they are thinking. Some take some time to check out msm links, or even the political "opposition". But where the heck do we choose to plop our asses down at the end of a hard day, or a boring day or a so-so kind of day? Right the heck here at Ann Althouse's place.
And why is that? I suggest it is because Ann is OPEN to all of us being EXACTLY the way we are. It is her "gift", and our good fortune, to have found her in this world that is becoming increasingly intolerant.
Please don't screw up what our hostess, Ann, is bringing to the internet.
This fine lady will become famous for opening up her "living room" to all of us. ALL of us.
Count me as one who will be searching out Titus, right after I give Ann a great big hug for keeping us all human.
Money follows value, my dear. And YOU, Ann Althouse, are more valuable than you know.
"Sex and the City" proved there's a market for women talking about dicks. Perhaps Althouse wants to prove there's a market for women talking about shit.And hog.
Good Evening fellow republicans and lovers of the Bush Doctrine. Here's my attempt at a titus audiobook. I took all the comments he made in yesterday's "Mauve Cafe" post and performed them in the closest approximation of my impression of titus that I could throw together in 5 minutes. I did a bit of digital post-processing to "enhance" the performance and added an appropriate backing track.Am I a bad person if that made me laugh until tears ran down my face (even though you tried to make me feel guilty about laughing by using that "gay" voice that only homophobes are supposed to laugh at)? By the way, Palladian left out the funniest part of the sock story, the part that nearly killed me.
Jason (the commenter) said:
Althouse MUST do this!
I never knew you had such a sexy voice. I always read your stuff (out loud to my friends) in a monotone.
Well... uh, thanks I think. But that's not really what my voice sounds like, the pitch and speed is digitally altered and I was laying on the stereotypical faggotry pretty thickly. But my voice is quite animated and modulated, not a monotone at all.Darcy said:
Palladian, with that bit of genius, you do realize you probably just guaranteed Althouse doing this, right?Palladian said:
My God! What have I done!?Jason (the commenter) said...
Oh, by the way, I am The Arm, and I sound like this...."
You're real voice sounds cute! You could have read what Titus wrote with your normal voice and it would have been just as funny.
Clearly, Althouse should do a compilation.
It would be amazing if Matmos could make it into a song, like Tract for Valerie Solanas.
This also shows the genius of Titus. He's growing on me.
Just like tinea cruris...Penny said:
Here's my LuckyOldSon/Michael voice.
Althouse is a leader, and shaping us all, simply with her presence.TitusFreezeFrame said:
The fucking beauty here is that she is not shaping us all in her own form.
To whoever up above asked where I came from? Same place as you. I hit a link that FINALLY makes some sense to me.
Philosophical "warrior" in need of some middle place...and YES...even better, a sometimes silly place to set my ass down when I have had enough of "all that".
Thank you, Ann, for allowing my butt to rest here.
So? Does this site make my ass look big?
Palladian that was brillant.Palladian said:
Wow, the time and energy you have devoted to this is remarkable.
I laughed my ass off!
Took 5 minutes each, darling.TitusFreezeFrame said:
Regardless of how much time it took it was terrific.
I bet you even got a little chuckle doing it, didn't you?
That voice, which I know is embelished, is the voice of my comments.
I love how you pronounced burgurs the same way I spelled it. Amazing....
All and all there is a lot of love here.
And hate I guess-150 comments on me? One commenter was right I don't give a shit...obviously.
What I do think is amusing is if anyone tried to share this with someone outside of this blog.
So there is a commenter who comments about pinching loaves. I am thinking of putting it on a CD (Althouse). I am actually going to tape some of his comments in a very queeny voice (Palladian). Try explaining that to someone at your next company staff meeting.
Also, this place would be boring without me. Just another voice bitching about liberals. Ignore me, although it seems to be hard for some.
And I actually do talk to my friends like I talk on this blog. I think I have mentioned this before but I actually leave recordings on my friends voicemails of me pinching loaves with grunts and groans and everything. They in turn forward them to other friends. I have also called them when I am having sex and let them listen. The trick doesn't know but it is my little way of sharing my life with my friends.
Now I feel a virtual group hug coming on. Don't you?