L.A. Times columnist Al Martinez has decided to start a blog.
Regular readers will remember Martinez as the crotchety Andy Rooney wannabe who decried bloggers as people who “clutter cyberspace” with pointless musings on topics too “inane” to merit inclusion in a Real Newspaper.
As I noted then, Martinez habitually fills space in a Real Newspaper with dissertations on topics such as injuring his shin, buying puppies,* and the details of his health care insurance — including what his co-payment is, and what procedures are not covered. Among Martinez’s more recent efforts: a blow-by-blow account of his ongoing fights with his wife over crossword puzzles and Scrabble games.
What topics are so inane that even Al Martinez won’t write about them in the Real Newspaper? I’m scared to look, my friends. If you have more courage than I have, the link to his new blog is here.
But if you end up reading an essay about Martinez’s bunions, don’t say I didn’t warn you.
*Yes, I know: “what readers want are puppy dogs.”