Great Spectations

Regular readers are already aware of the thing of beauty and joy forever that is Dr. Boli’s Celebrated Magazine. It is therefore even more of a delight to commend his new and ongoing online tercentenary edition of Addison and Steele‘s Spectator. As the good Doctor notes, in many ways, works like the Spectator and its kin (particularly our beloved Samuel Johnson’s Rambler and Idler) may be read as ur-blogs, continuous reports from the front lines of society. As such, these 18th-C. bloggers have been often imitated, but never equaled, and as the Sage of Lichfield advises:

Whoever wishes to attain an English style, familiar, but not coarse, and elegant, but not ostentatious, must give his days and nights to the volumes of Addison.

I can add no more, other than my encouragement to see how the big kids played the game. Dr. Boli, my sincerest thanks, and my hope that editions of the Rambler, Idler and Tatler might follow.

About profmondo

Dad, husband, mostly free individual, medievalist, writer, and drummer. "Gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche."
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