Lament for Bookface

I have found, in the process of creating my first blog, that bookface is nearly impossible for an average blogger to achieve. By “bookface” I mean the way text appears in a book. Indented paragraphs, two spaces after periods, stuff like that.

I’m sure there are bloggers with more technical knowledge than I who can not only create bookface in a blog, but also make the text do cartwheels while changing color. If any of you have a way to achieve bookface without using the forward slash or deleting random spaces at the beginning of lines, I would love to know about it. (And don’t say, “Write a book.” You’re better than that.)

Meanwhile, I have decided to embrace the blog’s inherent format. Even though it just looks so … wrong … to me.

The conventions of written language, like those of spoken language, evolve with the culture (or in this case, the computer). Change is constant. I’d rather learn to work with it than waste time and energy resisting it.

I do miss bookface, though. All my essays look like business letters now.

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It’s obvious that when the apocalypse comes, I will be one of the weak people. I will have no spin kicks with which to defend myself. I will have only the magic of my words and my understanding to protect me. I will be meat for the beast. (Unless I can engage him in conversation.) And I am fine with that. If my death at monstrous hands becomes imminent, I hope I can meet it in a lounge chair, sipping on a gin martini.

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