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I was checking out Google's increasingly helpful Book Search today and was surprised to discover this:

I'm sure this sort of experience grows old quick, but I'm appreciating the novelty of seeing my own words reduced to a blockquote in someone else's argument. The realization that my, "subtle understanding of the spirit of cultural revolt is not matched by a sober estimation of its potential influence on the social order," is an added bonus. Oddly, this nearly twelve-year-old piece was also the occasion for the most exciting fanmail I ever received, a short note of praise from cyberpunk author Bruce Sterling sent from his Well account. Oh, to be a young, vivacious long-hair once more. . .

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elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: September 1st, 2006 02:05 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Cool! Or, well, yes, as your tag says--stranger than fiction. A friend was just telling me yesterday actually that you can set up trackers somehow on stuff you publish to see who cites and when. That kind of thing freaks me out in some ways though. I made some joke about how many people, after all, would read my Sterne article. What I meant was I don't want confirmation no one is reading and I also don't know that I want confirmation that all they're ever saying about me is that I'm full of shit. So I just don't know.

Google also kind of scares me. But fan mail is cool! It's like how I keep that one email from the 17thC sex handbook studying prof at Berkeley, about how I gave him his next early mod book project while still an undergrad. You can bet I won't be getting cited for that. Sigh.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 3rd, 2006 05:53 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yeah, I don't think I'd want to go down the route of tracking things all the time. It's nice to stumble upon stuff every now and then, but I'd probably get existential if I were constantly on altert to my own dissemination.
From: ex_benlinus Date: September 1st, 2006 02:06 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'd be on like my 10th meltdown by now if I was burdened with your kind of brains.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 3rd, 2006 05:55 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Please! I think you are on your tenth meltdown because of your brains. Talking to you is like talking to myself. Seriously.
flw From: flw Date: September 1st, 2006 02:17 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I remember that pic. You had a really great haircut. I liked the blonde on you.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 3rd, 2006 06:19 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'd like a blonde on me too! Seriously, I do miss my curly locks. . .
From: jsterne Date: September 1st, 2006 02:18 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

love it

Seeing someone actually quote you is one of the great pleasures of this business.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 3rd, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: love it

I can see that. I'm just not sure how I want to be quoted, if that makes sense. Part of me wants to be analyzed rather than cited. But there aren't many people who do the sort of analysis of non-fiction that I try hard to promote in my own forays into scholarly realm.
masoo From: masoo Date: September 1st, 2006 02:28 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Far as I'm concerned, seeing my name in other people's books never gets old. My favorite is probably A Deleuzian Century ... how I ever got mentioned in a book with that title is beyond me. But the truth is, I've been misquoted as often as I've been done right, most recently in that Dylan encyclopedia, which at least gave me an excuse to exchange jocular emails with Joel Selvin.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 3rd, 2006 06:31 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I learned a lot about the process of getting quoted when I was doing the graduate-student government thing. You have to make the same point over and over in slightly different language each time, but always in a way that you're comfortable with, because they'll condense it down to fit anyway, yet will do a better job if you give them the flexibility of extra material. It's like buying and extra yard of cloth for a sewing project.
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