Review 2698

I loved the title. The man who… the man whore… an interesting play on words. I loved the look too when I arrived at the site. Red, very red. There is an interesting banner and a left hand side panel which is uncluttered. I like straightforward designs. There is a blogger profile, details of his website, previous posts and a smattering of links. Not enough to put you off trying one or two.

There is comment facility and he uses links from his posts which are all in working order. He also uses an audio post which is functioning.

I was expecting a seedy trawl through a red light something which is what I got but it left me feeling uneasy. He uses mobile phone photos which work well in the setting. Better photography would not have sat so well amongst his literary meanderings.

The weblog began or at least has archives dating back only to the end of May this year. Thus far we have two central events which pervade his posts. Initially the break up with Melissa and latterly the coming together with Kelly. His success with Kelly – his words!

Zaque, and he wins an award for the most pretentious spelling of his name, is a self-centred arrogant pig. His writing and pseudo poetry reflects this. He wallows in self-pity following his break up from Melissa and his words ooze that most putrid of emotions. I couldn’t feel sorry for the guy; I just wanted to scream… “broken hearts are for arseholes…” He is arrested for DUI and compares the experience to being raped. How sorry for yourself can you be?

His subsequent detailing of his romance with Kelly is so full of self gratification and bravado that you might conclude that there are two people writing this, if it wasn’t for the accompanying overblown poetry. Indeed for “a writer”, again his choice of words, his poetry or prose ain’t up to all that much.

We were promised more poetry, more pictures, “girl drama”, 100 songs that move him and a ‘big secret’ for July. We’ve had all but the secret thus far. The 100 songs would make Mr Happy depressed and are an ideal musical accompaniment to his sad laboured detailing of his ongoing experiences of life, love and college life.

There is something very sinister here… like the beginnings of a movie about someone and something that ain’t gonna turn out all sweetness and light. How creepy… I’m not sure that I wanna know the truth. I won’t be back. One out of five for an interesting design.tale of the man who(re)

Review 2726

My first impressions of Tiffinbox were good- I always think that blogs with black backgrounds look pretty stylish and this one is no exception. There is a cartoon logo in the corner which is groovy and also a little paragraph explaining what the blog is about. Apart from this, the sidebars are pretty much made up of links and blogrolls. Whilst these are extensive, they don’t seem superfluous either; most external links seem to be on–topic and useful for anyone interested in the blog contents.

As for the subject matter of the blog, I feel it is best left for the blog itself to explain itself- “Tiffinbox is a blog (for now) that is interested in exploring the cultural fabric of the South Asian diaspora through photography, writing, art and design.” I think this description pretty well sums up the contents found within. The author is currently living in NYC but spreads his entries between NYC and Indian cultural issues and often combines both. I found this use of Internationalism works very well with a medium such as blogging. Whilst the author’s primary interest seems to be photography and related exhibitions, there can also be found lots of interesting articles related to politics, music, theatre, film – in fact pretty much every creative pursuit. The entries nearly all have this Indian/ American theme to them and are politically aware and politically “right on” too – lots of anti – war links, references to poverty and how India fairs in the global economy. It was also refreshing to hear about how many Indians have made it in their respective fields and are successfully able to take on their Western counterparts.

Archives go back to November 2003 and are extensive – way too much to be read here in one sitting. I found that most articles contained something informative though, were relevant to the overall theme and of some interest. It would have been nice to see a few more photos amongst the entries though, especially considering the theme of the blog. I also found that the category archives were particularly useful in a blog of this size, allowing me to home in subjects that appealed to me particularly.

Whether this blog has long term appeal to those not strictly interested in photojournalism or Indian culture is debatable. However, for those wishing to open their minds and learn something new about these areas, there is plenty in this blog to keep them amused. Overall a well structured blog.
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