the navigation line
on top the first page
of the "Book of Mercy" thread
will look like this:
and on the last page, like this:Goto page 1,2,3 ... 200601,200602,200603 Next
But even now, if say someone dimly remembers somethingGoto page Previous 1,2,3 ... 200601,200602,200603
from the middle of the thread, and needs to refresh their
memory of it in order to proceed intelligently, then they have got to click
15 god damn times to get back anywhere near it!
Which, my friends, is one of the things that makes intelligent
and pleasant discussion quite impossible. Although those
involved may not be able to appreciate this, since, as
the saying goes, "they can't see the sock for the thread."
I suggest that 5 threads, each limited to killing off 10 poems at a time,
would be a much better idea.
And that 10 threads, killing 5 poems each, would be even better.
(But that fifty threads, each one limited to an intelligent,
participant-friendly discussion of a single poem, would
be the best of all possible worlds,
apart from "tempting fate".)
Clearly the purpose of the "Book of Mercy" thread is to accumulate, in one thread,
as many posts as possible dealing with all and every one of
the 50 poems in Leonard Cohen's "Book of Mercy".
And its determination to do it is absolutely fierce.
So that the thread can boast an extremely high on-topic quotient.
Nevertheless, a suspicion is beginning to grow, exponentially,
among non-participants, that accumulation,
pure and simple, is the thread's only real purpose.
Not that anyone is suggesting, yet, that the project itself is simply trolling.
Or that any of the participants are, literally, anal-retentive,
in a clinical sense of the term.
Just that the psychology that is driving the thread, the way it's going,
is clearly exactly the same as that which drives the average college dude
to carpet his whole apartment with every single beer can
he kills over his entire college presence.
(But perhaps making navigation hazardous for others
IS the objective?)
Have mercy, baby!