Rewriting History encore

I had asked in a previous entry if you could learn the truth about a great mystery, prevent an event from happening, or simply prolong someone’s lifespan to see how the world would be different, how would you choose?  I’m wondering now if any of the following artists, historical figures, and fictitious characters had a blog, a Youtube channel, or a Twitter account, whom would you follow?  Why?

In random order:

Dorothy Parker
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Henry David Thoreau
Jane Austen
Shakespeare
Mark Twain
F Scott Fitzgerald
Lord Byron
Edgar Allan Poe

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Teddy Roosevelt
Alexander the Great
Moses
Siddharta Gautama
Aristotle
Plato
Queen Elizabeth
Genghis Khan
Thomas Jefferson
Ben Franklin
Cleopatra

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Babe Ruth
Dale Earnhardt Sr.
Reggie Lewis
Ernie Davis
Bruce Lee
Lou Gehrig

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Charlie Chaplin
Greta Garbo
Leonard da Vinci
Marvin Gaye
Jimi Hendrix
Gianni Versace

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Daria
Ferris Bueller
Elizabet Bennett
Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde
Sherlock Holmes
Perry Mason
Winnie the Pooh

13 thoughts on “Rewriting History encore

  1. Philippe

    For me, Cleopatra would have had far and away the most interesting blog because she appears to have been a fascinating and powerful woman of the sort I’m neurotically attracted to. If she did in fact look like the young Elizabeth Taylor, then I would happily have grovelled at her feet and she could have done whatever she wished with me.

    Cleopatra first of all had spunk, for she was the first of her dynasty to learn the Egyptian language. Think of the eyebrows this would have raised in the ruling circles, since her fellow Ptolemeis refused to speak Egyptian, and would only speak Greek. Cleopatra also said she was the reincarnation of an Egyptian Goddess. I mean, that takes chutzpah.

    And she had a fascinating love-life. She had a love-affair with Julius Caesar and had a son by him. Then she had a love-affair with Mark Antony by whom she bore twins. Also, she had sexual unions with one or more of her brothers. She was obviously a most sensual woman.

    If she had written about all this in her blog, as well as about all the political intrigues and wars which she was involved in, then how could her blog not have failed to be absolutely enthralling, so enthralling that it would have put the blogs of any of the others in your list into the shade.

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    1. sittingpugs Post author

      Pray tell…what is it like to be “neurotically attracted” to a woman? or person in general? What does it entail?

      Cleopatra also said she was the reincarnation of an Egyptian Goddess. I mean, that takes chutzpah.

      Weren’t all Egyptian sovereigns supposed to be descendants of deities? What would her writing style be? Would her blog be a Dear Diary narrative? ^_~ Or something more abstract, metaphorical.

      Have you ever seen Vivien Leigh as Cleopatra?

      TCM is airing Caesar and Cleopatra Sept 28 at midnight.

      By the way, how did you know that I knew French?

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  2. Philippe

    “…..what is it like to be ‘neurotically attracted’ to a woman? or person in general? What does it entail?………”

    My attraction to beautiful and powerful women to the point that I would grovel at the feet of an Elizabeth Taylor-like Cleopatra is obviously masochistic, and therefore neurotic.

    Since well-nigh all of us have a character structure which we’ve molded to compensate for our unmet emotional needs – making it a neurotic character structure – it would follow that our attractions to others are born of neurosis because we think that the desired Other will satisfy our needs still unmet. This is almost always an unrealistic expectation.

    “…….What would her writing style be? Would her blog be a Dear Diary narrative……? “

    I imagine it as a Dear Diary. Perhaps there is a blog somewhere, in which the blogger imagines herself as Cleopatra, and fabulates accordingly.

    “…….Have you ever seen Vivien Leigh as Cleopatra……..?”

    I don’t recall that I have, and I don’t think the whole film is on YouTube. However, I’ve discovered that all of the “Cleopatra” with Elizabeth Taylor is on YouTube (in 25 ten-minute segments). Obviously, this’ll have to be the next film I watch on YouTube!!!

    “…..how did you know that I knew French…..?”

    Well, you often write things in French which are interspersed in what you write on your blog, so I made the obvious conclusion.

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    1. sittingpugs Post author

      Since well-nigh all of us have a character structure which we’ve molded to compensate for our unmet emotional needs – making it a neurotic character structure – it would follow that our attractions to others are born of neurosis because we think that the desired Other will satisfy our needs still unmet. This is almost always an unrealistic expectation.

      You should read Eros the Bittersweet by Anne Carson.

      C’est toi! You always identified yourself as Phil. And the voice of your comment on my Falcons loss entry was different than your other comments. You also linked to your new blog. Je me sens tres …silly…maintenant.

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  3. sittingpugs Post author

    Excerpt from Eros the Bittersweet:

    “To write words I put a symbol in place of an absent sound. To write the words ‘I love you’ requires a further, analogous replacement, one that is much more painful in its implication. Your absence from the syntax of my life is not a fact to be changed by written words. And it is the single fact that makes a difference to a lover, the fact that you and I are not one” (52).

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  4. Downtym

    The jerk part of me wants to say “Tyler Durden because I think the Twitter feed of someone with dissociative identity disorder and an anarchist bent would be hilarious.”

    More realistically, “Rei Toei from ‘All Tomorrow’s Parties’, Theodore R…oosevelt, Groucho Marx, any/all of the members of The Three Stooges.”

    Your list contains a lot of good names. It would take me a long time to filter down a comprehensive list of people I would follow. The reasons almost universally would be that I’ve found that while some celebrities/politicians/famous people are self-promoting, the vast majority of them tweet or post blogs of interesting value.

    I’m a big fan of Wil Wheaton, Penny Arcade, William Gibson, Neil Gaiman, etc., etc. and like to follow their tweets, blogs, posts, articles, whatever.

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  5. jammer5

    Music wise, Jimi Hendrix. It would be interesting to see if he conquered his addictions, and where his talents led to. I know he was dabbling in jazz around the time of his death, and jazz-fusion came out not much after that.

    Stephan Hawkins with out his disability. Would he be the same revered figure he is now, or would he have been able to do the same “pure” thinking he’s capable of today?

    Ben Franklin. One of the most fascinating individuals in the annals of American history. Besides his scientific genius, his ability to garner whatever he wanted from the politicians of France, this country, and the brilliant ideas he proposed made him one-of-a-kind.

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