December 29, 2003

New Year's Resolutions for ...

New Year's Resolutions for This Website: The wife's been all hogging the computer, all writing a long article about Michael Moon-editor at a Swiss radio station, who kicked off a pleasant evening at his maison with a "so, what'd you think about Bowling for Columbine"?, and then was surprised to learn that, even though we both pretty much liked it, we found it cheap & unfair & dishonest in places, and that Moore's work has been dogged over the years by a growing list of many such concerns, which he'd never heard about). On that topic, I just finished the Dude book ... and I guess I'll write about it later or something, but without succumbing to Moore-bash tharn, I really think that he is something like a manic-depressive. Can be funny or jocular, and usefully provocative & properly angry ... and then swing into the pits of utter inconsolable despair ... You are all totally screwed, forever!!! They are killing you!!! Like I said, Moore later. Here are my New Year's Resolution for this site:

1) More about me.
2) Less coherence.
3) More general irritability, and flashes of unreasonable anger.
4) Lots more photos, especially flattering ones of me from 10-plus years ago, and embarrassing ones of my "friends."
5) Digitization (i.e., typing & posting) of pre-1998 articles, at a hoped-for rate of one per week.
6) Introduction of a regular new column about all the new basketball statistics I've invented ... or not.
7) Purging of tired partisan cliches, especially those found in haughty, French-looking political prose.
8) More background links provided w/ announcements of newly published articles.
9) More links to genuinely good journalistic articles that feature solid reporting.
10) The strength to answer e-mails more often, the serenity to realize when I can't, and the wisdom to never again write about answering e-mails on this stupid website. Voila!

Should be a funny year. Lots of music, including hopefully two new CDs from moi (in addition to The Corvids). I'm no longer full-timing over at Reason, so that will probably mean more articles in weirder places, and a tad more writing here. There are, as usual, various Secret Projects on low simmer; maybe one of them will boil over. Oh, also, I need to give my annual thank-youse, to the people who have made this site possible: Os Tyler, Ken Layne, Ben Sullivan, Jeff Solomon, and Marie-Elise Welch. And, of course, those of you I haven't yet managed to alienate. Happy New Year, everyone! Remember, decades don't really start until their fourth year.... think about it.

Posted by at December 29, 2003 03:00 AM
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Well, Happy New Year to you and the Missus! I look forward to the freedom of reading yer blog next year without fear of seeing the word "realpolitik" again. Because, after all, unlike the terrorists, I love freedom, and hate terror.

Kisses!

Basart

Posted by: Ken B. at December 29, 2003 08:40 AM
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Well, Happy New Year to you and the Missus! I look forward to the freedom of reading yer blog next year without fear of seeing the word "realpolitik" again. Because, after all, unlike the terrorists, I love freedom, and hate terror.

Kisses!

Basart

Posted by: Ken B. at December 29, 2003 08:40 AM

Well, that's real politic of you! Happy Neu Year!

Posted by: Matt Welch at December 29, 2003 08:59 AM

I may have to realpoli-kick your ass for that one...

Posted by: Ken B. at December 29, 2003 09:18 AM

I'm thinking 'bout it. Damn. Good point. So, from early polling, what do you think... this will be the decade of... baby boomer retirement gloom... boomer versus gen-xyz civil war over budget deficits... me-dia... World War III?

Posted by: henry at December 29, 2003 10:28 AM

"Remember, decades don't really start until their fourth year.... think about it."

Some believe the sixties began in November '63. A few boomers say the sixties ran from '67-'74, but we can presume they lost their virginity (late) in the summer of love.

Posted by: Crid at December 29, 2003 11:00 AM

The 80's began in 1984, reached their pinnacle in '86 with the Mets' win over the Sox, and ended when Bush was elected President.

Everything prior to '84 was basically the 70's crawling off to the bathroom to die in a cocaine haze and a powder blue leisure suit.

Posted by: Paul at December 29, 2003 01:00 PM

Hey, got yerself a little mention in the LA Weekly year-end edition (and not by Kate). Scroll down to the "Matt" list. "Highly influential"!

Posted by: Ken B. at December 29, 2003 03:28 PM

Oh, I very much like the idea of the New MattWelch.Com.

I'd be pretty impressed if you can pull off just #3 (generally irritiability with flashes of unreasonable anger) in tandem with #7 (purging of tired partisan cliches). As Michael Moore has probably discovered (or not) it's usually more difficult than you'd imagine.

Posted by: Scott MacMillan at December 30, 2003 05:03 AM

keep the hat photo, no matter what they say.

Posted by: steve at December 30, 2003 11:13 AM

So the 90's started with the Republican take-over of congress? Who knew?

Posted by: Steven A. Adams at December 30, 2003 12:08 PM

On resolutions 1, 2 and 3 -- I see I've had a profound and inspiring influence on you. Welcome to the dark side of blogging! Of course, now I'll have to become reasonable and coherent just to differentiate myself from you.

Posted by: Howard Owens at December 31, 2003 08:14 AM

Finally read Moneyball. Wow. Lewis is f*ing genius. You too, my friend. Your National Post article was damn prescient. Dan Okrent, NYT antidote to Blair and inbreeding, played a big roll with James AND the book. More on my blog.

Posted by: henry at December 31, 2003 08:48 AM

You've forgotten to resolve to continue to wear the funky glasses - if only to flush out those shallow enough to comment on them! Er.. a.. oh nevermind. Happy New Year anyway!

Posted by: Swen Swenson at January 9, 2004 05:41 AM

Swen -- Wait'll you see the new ones! They're fully Mississippi Burning....

Posted by: Matt Welch at January 9, 2004 09:06 AM

"Lots more photos" really is a great idea.

That reminds me, I think I'd better add more pics to mine, as I don't have enough. :)

And I wanna see the vacation pics.

Posted by: Melinda at January 9, 2004 10:35 AM

The "Mississippi Burning" look, eh? Something like these Barry Goldwater specials perhaps?

Posted by: Swen Swenson at January 10, 2004 08:41 AM

"3) More general irritability, and flashes of unreasonable anger."

There's enough of that around without you adding to it. I mean, the major reason I enjoy your site is due to your deft way of deflating the hyperbole of everyone else. If I could draw a picture of how I personally imagine Matt Welch: The Website!, it would be of a guy in dorky glasses popping a bunch of balloons labeled with the hot topics of the day. And there would be a bunch of munchkins wearing bowlers, jumping on pogo sticks and yelling, "Spank that monkey thang!"

Posted by: Paul at January 11, 2004 01:32 AM

Paul -- I suppose you're right ... maybe the flashes will be internal, and expressed by a deft, bemused, yet still lancing humor ...

Posted by: Matt Welch at January 11, 2004 10:32 AM
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