Scripting News: How Vanity Fair led me to a great blog. (Via Pulp Fiction.)

Warning: Spoilers ahead! 🙂

I spent the day in Cambridge yesterday. One of my stops was the Shorenstein Center, where I was interviewed as part of a project to understand the transition of journalism to the Internet. At one point I was asked who were some of my favorite bloggers. I said I don’t like that kind of question, because I think it misses the point of blogging. I gave an example.

A picture named julia.jpg1. On Tuesday I read an article in Vanity Fair about the making of Pulp Fiction.

2. That caused me to watch the movie again. I hadn’t seen it in a long time. I wasn’t sure if I had even seen it more than once.

3. Great movie.

4. Near the end of the movie there’s a scene with Wolf, Vincent and Jules at the junkyard. Wolf is going to breakfast with a delicious young babe who owns the junkyard where they had disposed of a car that was used in a crime. I wondered who the babe was.

5. When the credits rolled I noted her name. Googled her. Found she has a blog.

6. Spent the next hour reading it. She’s a great writer. It’s 20 years later. She’s done a lot of living. And blogged about a lot of it. She reads books and watches movies and keeps a log of them.

That story illustrates perfectly for me why blogs are so valuable. It’s not that any single person has a blog, or is famous for it. It’s that blogging is available to anyone who wants to blog. Not everyone does. But with Julia Sweeney I hit blogging paydirt. An attractive person who turns out to have something to say. Nice.

PS: Kathy Griffin was in PF too.


About Dave Winer

Dave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.
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