Well, some of you may be following it. After all I stumbled upon it a few years ago no doubt from some other blogger's blogroll. It certainly seems to get lots of traffic, but if any of you are paying attention to it you must be lurking because I don't notice you leaving comments.
The Age of Uncertainty is written by a man who goes by the name Steerforth, sells books for a living and lives in East Sussex. A book seller of one sort or another for most (all?) of his adult life, one of the jobs he had recently was working for a business that culled saleable volumes from bins of books on their way to being pulped. For those of us who love rooting around in piles of old books, can you imagine something more fun than that? (Although, like everything in life, I am sure it begins to feel like a job at some point.) In the process of executing his duties Steerforth discovered lots of wonderful things which he shared on his blog.
In recent months his posts have been less about books and more about life in general, but his writing is so good that all of it is compelling. I commented recently that I think his writing is a lot like Calvin Trillin. Smart, witty, a tiny bit snarky--but never mean--all with an economy of prose that makes him a writer not just a blogger.
In addition to a wonderful narrative describing his mini-break on Lundy, Steerforth also posts a wonderful video he made during his visit that I find quite transporting.
Just two examples of the old photos he has come across over the years.
|Steerforth posits that D. Greaves might be the oldest 13-year old of all time.|
Lots of great illustrations.
I think Steerforth is roughly the same sage as me (mid-forties) and many an observation hits squarely in our age cohort. Some of you kids may not understand why this quote (from this post) is funny:
The problem with Concorde is that there weren't enough people who wanted Phil Collins to play two concerts on each side of the Atlantic on the same day.As I combed through older posts on The Age of Uncertainty to come up with some of the images here, I was again struck by the rich diversity of blog topics and just how funny it is. It really would be worth your time to go back to 2010 or 2009 or whenever and just have a look around.