John C Wright and his blog

Discovering one of your favourite authors has a blog can be exciting. it can also, be a let-down if the author reveals himself to be, while as intelligent and erudite as one expects, not quite as likeable as one would have hoped.

John C Wright’s blog is extensive and allows the reader a good peek into his thoughts and beliefs. In some cases, especially in his faith, his emotional honesty is admirable and moving. In other instances, such as his spirited defence of monogamy and sexual chastity, his thoughts are interesting and occasionally bracing.

However, in other cases, especially in his attitude towards women, which seem to be firmly stuck in golden age of scifi, there is less to admire. The fact that he posts images of attractive women in his blog is an adolescent trait that is unfortunately in keeping with that attitude. Coupled with a distinct streak of homophobia and there were times, while reading his blog, that I started to regret ever having discovered it.

There is also his personal style of expression. I used to joke that my blog-entry style is quite school-marmish, a little prim, a little proper, perhaps a little emotionally distant. John C Wright’s writing style, the ways his thoughts parse into words can best be described as crotchety old bachelor-scholar with a tendency to pomposity. It is so different from his fiction writing style that I cant quite reconcile the two.

Nonetheless, I have subscribed to it. There is much in his blog that I enjoy and he writes with spirit and vigour (even if he does seem to enjoy the sound of his own voice a bit). If only some of the charity, humility and compassion that his faith exhorts in its followers could shine through in his blog. Or maybe it is just his writing style.

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