Having just read an article on Dostoevsky's fiction in David Foster Wallace's Consider the Lobster anthology, I tried to imagine what his blog would look like, or if he'd have one at all. Dostoevsky is one of my favorite authors because, as DFW points out, he wrote very passionately about consequential stuff. “Dostoevsky wrote fiction about identity, moral value, death, will, sexual vs. spiritual love, greed, freedom, obsession, reason, faith and suicide. And he did it without ever reducing his characters to mouthpieces or his book to tracts. His concern was always what it is to be a human being—that is, how to be an actual person, someone whose life is informed by values and principles, instead of just an especially shrewd kind of self-preserving animal” (DFW, 265). Would he be able to translate any of those heavy topics into palatable blog fare, or would he forgo the whole enterprise and stick to books? I can't imagine Dostoevsky successfully maintaining an ironic distance from his deep convictions or avoiding desperate questions as many contemporary bloggers do, and I wonder if the ironic distance from art we seem to require is the result of new mediums, or something else. Something to consider.