Should be famous< /em> isn’t your average review blog. It’s not really a review blog. It’s a blog that talks favorably about other blogs and has introduced me to some great ones. It’s not snarky. I’m tired of blog snark as most snarkists are tiring so that’s great.
I didn’t think Courting belonged in it as for the past year or more I have been focusing on non-blog life but who am I to argue with Cooper or Patrick?
by SBF Crew Cooper and Patrick
Our new â€œFamerâ€ is a Savage blogger. Iâ€™ve been reading her for close to four years. It would be hard to exist in a blogesphere without her. A long post that has been long time coming.
Please Welcome Pia Savage, of Courting Destiny, to the Hall of Fame.
Only fear (mine) kept her from being the inaugural â€œfamerâ€. The fear I wouldnâ€™t able to do her blog justice by this post. The fear is still there, but it is time.
Sheâ€™s been quoted in CSM, her blog readers called â€œa cultâ€ in the Long Island Press.
There is a reason for this.
As noted San Fransisco activist Miz Bohemia puts it,
Two sentences are too little and volumes could not capture the essence of our dear Pia Savageâ€¦ All I can think of when asked about Pia is that I love her. I just love her. Thatâ€™s all there is to it. And I donâ€™t love freely or easily but Pia bewitches meâ€¦ she weaves words into an intricate tapestry of seemingly disjointed words and thoughts, fraught with a cutthroat yet fragile and sensitive honesty, that magically falls into place and, in doing so, shatters my illusion of randomness and leaves me breathless as I realize that Ms. Savage is fully in control of these magical rides. I am honored to know her â€œbehind the scenesâ€ and believe me when I say that if there is magic in her writing, words cannot describe the beauty that is in her heart. Forever smitten am I and I would have it no other way.
Pia writes like no one I have ever read. A New Yorker who lived through the trauma of 9-11, an adopted daughter to a set of parents we know as if they were our own, she is audacious enough to defy her lifelong NYC hairdresser and friend by getting her hair done in South Carolina, and brave enough to write about it. The reading it all is an addictive joy – even if the topics are not always joyful. This, and so much more, shared with her readers in a pleasantly non regimented fashion.
To list the characters, or the topics of her prose, whether fiction or real would be an endless endeavor, but reading her is like accessing a bottomless well and finding each time the water tastes like nothing that has ever touched my lips before.
She explains, in the way only Pia can, the only reason she became a Riverside Drive coop owner. â€œThey only let me in because I had cash, good credit, good manners,â€. She writes of a time when she was annotated with the title of â€œhippie princessâ€. Add to her resume that of being an unapologetic liberal, a political blogger who was part of the original cast at Bring it On, a site much worse for her departure.
Word smith and well known cynic Doug Pascover of Waking Ambrose says of Miss Savage,
â€œNo one makes words eddy like Piaâ€. â€œPiaâ€™s prose is extraordinary because words, sentences, sentence fragments and retractions find their own patterns in her writing, waves of assertion rise between troughs of embarrassment, tipping every boat. Her typing skills seem excellent.â€œ
Pia is the genuine article. And moreover, sheâ€™s extremely important to us. As for me, I consider her to be a mentor. When and if the day comes that Iâ€™m a published author, it will be in no small measure due the encouragement and guidance Iâ€™ve received from her.
Iâ€™m on the record (in pulped dead tree format in fact) as saying I found the pink too jarring at first to get into her writing, and that was true. That I eventually become an avid reader of Courting Destiny is a testament to the quality of her storytelling and her commentary at other blogs.
She grew up in the sixties and sheâ€™s unashamed of it, and moreover unashamed of having been a part of it all. As the son of two baby boomers and a nephew of almost 20 others, thatâ€™s a breath of fresh air.
She finds a way to draw my interest in matters foreign to me. Coop Wars? Shopping at an NYC department store? Doormen? Would have provoked a yawn or a cocked eyebrow from me before Cooper introduced me to Pia.
Writing permeated by a profound honesty that seems to exist even in the rhythm of the words let alone their content. She calls herself a â€œproud moral relativist,â€ much to the chagrin and confusion of right wing blowhards who canâ€™t imagine that people like Pia arenâ€™t offended by the phrase.
Her approach to politics is deeply personal. Her first blog went up in 2004, â€œFree NY from Bush,â€ expressing her frustration and anguish that her city was going to throw a big party for the man whose administration had made political hay demeaning people like her. She co-founded a political blog that for a brief shining moment was quite excellent. Unfortunately not all of the people involved could be her.
Iâ€™ve collaborated with Pia on a number of occasionsâ€”a short-lived fan blog about Boston Legal, our favorite show, a parallel fiction piece, and most notably as an editor for her memoirâ€”and I love working with her. In particular Iâ€™ve enjoyed watching as the pieces fall into place as she crafts her stories. Soon theyâ€™ll amount to a successful book, and some publishing company will indeed vindicate our declaration here. Namely, that Pia Savage should be famous.
The only excuse for not reading Courting Destiny is illiteracy.
An Addendum: Since this post The Long Island Press has published Piaâ€™sOur Childrenâ€™s Brains Part XVII: More Than Just Clumsy: What Itâ€™s Like to Live With Nonverbal Learning Disorder. A spectacular piece in which the technical and personal mix to tell the story of non verbal learning disorder from the authorâ€™s perspective.
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