“Ippikin, Ippikin, keep away with your long chin.”
The great American critic and socialist Irving Howe once observed that “when intellectuals can do nothing else they start a magazine.” We who live in more technologically advanced and more individualistic times* would presumably replace the word ‘magazine’ with ‘blog’. Thus, ‘Ippikin’, an intellectual blog named with oh-so-predictable irony for a Medieaval brigand.
Although the word ‘blog’ probably gives the wrong impression. Far too… serious is clearly the wrong word, but I’ll run with it anyway. Far too serious. I am doing this largely for my own amusement. If anyone else reads and enjoys this that will be pleasant, but it is not at all essential.
*Less self-aware too, despite the absolute triumph of postmodern irony in most cultural spheres. Howe recognised the essential futility of running an intellectual magazine; it is rare for those who run intellectual blogs to voice the identical truth that applies to them and their digital endeavours.