Gosh, mine is the first blog to get a comment from TLS editor Peter Stothard! I am amazed. After all, he is Peter Stothard, the editor of The Times Literary Supplement, whose latest issue contains articles on the writer Anthony Powell and "What Mozart and Sid Vicious had in common" (that sounds interesting). I am just an unknown blogger writing about my wife and my son and whatever starts me up. I never expected to be noticed by someone like Stothard though I did write about him. I noted that the Times blogs were appearing on TypePad and how I enjoyed reading him. Well, this is what he had to say:
"After four months blogging, I have just posted my first reply to someone else’s site – and it was not as easy as posting a reply on mine here at The TLS.
"I discovered that Rana from Singapore, ‘A navel-gazing Indian gone to the blogs’, had found space in his thoughts about phone prices, Aussie cricket and snowy winters to say that I am ‘pretty good reading’, a Bob Dylan and Beatles fan, but that I should ‘not forget The Rolling Stones in their prime’.
"I thought I would thank him – and point out that in "Rolling Boustrophedons" (see below) I had indeed already not forgotten Mick and Keith."
Here’s the link to the complete post by Stothard. And he has good things to say about the Stones. Their latest record, Abiggerbang, is their best since Exile on Main Street, he says. I can’t afford to buy CDs any more now that my son has gone to college in America, so I haven’t heard the Stones’ latest. But any man who loves books and the Beatles and the Stones and Bob Dylan — and Stothard loves them all — is a "man of .. taste". Yes, that’s a line from Sympathy for the Devil. Not that I am calling Stothard the devil himself. But he can’t be bad. After all, he did notice me! Here’s where he blogs.