Those whom the gods love die young…

08/11/2000

Just discovered that barbelith (and I) are all over Jason Kottke’s site today. Which is a really strange feeling. It’s stirring up a lot of weird resonances in my head. Part of me is clearly delighted: Jason’s site must get ten/twenty times the traffic I do. If he mentions me, then more people come and read my stuff.

But along with that is a slight feeling of foreboding – almost dread. I don’t really know how to explain it. It’s a pretty bloody strange reaction (maybe it’s because I’m drunk). Part of the foreboding comes from him bringing up the stuff about the starting of the meme again – a situation which resulted in a few arguments around the place between myself and prominant web luminaries. Arguments which I would really rather forget.

But I think the weirdest thing about it is that I have only ever been mentioned on kottke.org in passing (to my recollection, at least) – and I think that was a pretty brief, incidental mention at that. This time … I don’t know – it’s like Icarus getting too close to the sun. Part of me has in my mind that line from Greek Tragedy: those whom the gods love die young…