Just now (October) learning that you decided to close your Comments Section, something, given what must be absolutely unbearable stress caused by the infinite cranks you must have had to deal with. I fully empathize with and admire your decision. Let the dick-fucks go find some other venue where they can act out their obvious and exhausting anti-social compulsions. And should also encourage/force the rest of us to spend more of our time “creating,” less attaching ourselves parasitically to others’ venues/projects (like yours) because we neglect to actualize realities coming from our own centers.
Although I wasn’t reading, much less “hanging out at,” your Silliman’s Blog a whole lot the last couple of years (doubt that I even visited it for more than a yearly total of 300 minutes these last 12 months – seriously, so much else to do in life and so little time to get things done in life), hell it was a great ride while it lasted. Then of course more and more, like any other hot spot on the planet, the cranks must have started gathering there in droves, as they do any place where things are “free” and don’t require any responsibility on their part (like getting their own fucking blogs and earning their own reasons for deserving attention).
The fucking cranks… They’re all over the culture these days, aren’t they. Reality TV, the Internet, everyplace… Needing their “attention” to something that they refuse to create or actualize from within themselves. Or simply can’t, being so “damaged” or underdeveloped inside, psycho-dynamically, and all – so they go out and impose their insatiable hunger for attention on others who ARE fully developed and functional human beings possessing authentic centers (R.S., for example). We need to create more poetries that assist these invalids and schizoids to seek genuine self-actualization and the development of fully functioning personalities. The therapists and therapies are out there. Waiting for them. Silliman’s is yet another half-way house that got over-run by them, couldn’t feed and shelter them any longer, too many, and they were starting to harm and harass all the others who were more deserving. Which of course is criminal. Hooray for R.S. finally shutting the doors on them. We should all work to find out who they are so that we can get them the real help that they need (or at least keep them from acting out their psycho aggression and harming those of us who never invited them into our homes in the first place).