Similarly, a week or so ago when I emailed Matt Polly, to let him know that his memoir of China had triumphed in our reading group, I was amazed when he replied saying, 'It's so good to finally hear from the the "Welsh Born Icon." I've been following your blog nominating process over the months and saw last week to my amazement that "American Shaolin" beat out "Slaughterhouse Five."'
It really is intriguing to discover blogs expanding to fill all sorts of nooks and crannies.
The phenomenum though, is perhaps not as unique or modern as we may sometimes think:
I have entered upon a performance which is without example, whose accomplishment will have no imitator. I mean to present my fellow-mortals with a man in all the integrity of nature; and this man shall be myself.