With a few exceptions, time erodes the reputations of the famous. (The infamous, not so much.)
Feisty and fabulous Jessa Crispin founded Bookslut, a litblog/webzine, in 2002. The interviews, reviews, and book-related content are a cacophony of provocative voices. And she’s got one ensorcelling header.
Bookslut was one of the very first book blogs I ever read. If you’ve never read it, I suggest you check it out. All the issues are archived, in a literary time-capsule-kind-of-way. You’ll see why Crispin is considered a pioneer in the online universe.
The best of Bookslut was deeply serious because of Jessa’s sensibility, according to which a book could change your life, or ruin it. Reading could be a form of spiritual enrichment or spiritual carnage.
Crispin can be passionate and hilarious, prickly and snarly. Assertive, authoritative, and outspoken, her work and editorial style is free-range. Unpopular or dissenting opinions? Bring ’em on.
There was a wake for Crispin’s dear little slut at Melville House in Brooklyn. Guests sipped Death in the Afternoon.
Crispin says the archives will remain up until the apocalypse comes.
Read the last savvy bits here.
*Lazarus Long is a fictional character featured in a number of science fiction novels by Robert A. Heinlein.