The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #13147 Message #107188
Posted By: Peter T.
21-Aug-99 - 11:57 AM
Thread Name: Mudcat Pub - Round 8
Subject: RE: Mudcat Pub - Round 8
Doug, one disadvantage of cyberspace is that while there is RealAudio, no one seems to have invented RealDrink. It has something to do with electricity and streaming technology. But I am sure that if we were a real tavern and not a virtual one, you would be subject to more hospitality than you could handle, and more good music than one can imagine. This strange medium gives us both the ability to come close to people, and to be conscious at exactly the same moment of how presumptuous it is to intrude, and how little this all is, really. It is a little like when people buy you a drink: a gesture, nothing more, that means to mean much more. And (thanks to Max, LEJ and bbc and the rest) this little convivial tavern space, which is more of a mad circus than anything else, is a bit of our gesture towards the sometime humourousness of things, and a bit of defiance in its own way, for what is drink if not defiance of sorrow (as the Irish put it). Which (to borrow a phrase from Frank Hamilton) is the milk run way of saying, if I could, I would at the least buy you a drink, and could someone out there roll out a bit of defiance in the form of a joke or a happy song?
yours, Peter T.