First of all, I'm in substantial agreement with Shea on this post about getting a joint email from Jonathan Carpenter accusing him and me (and a couple of mutual friends) of being some sort of blogospheric oligarchy. In fact I already had sent a reply email to Carpenter (but not cc'd to Shea), which read in part:
(2) The notion that I am part of "the clique [Dom] shares with Rod, Mark Shea..." Tis to laugh. I am facetime friends with Rod, and cyberfriends with Dom ... but ....I won't embarrass Carpenter by reprinting some of his earlier correspondence with me, where he makes some insinuations (actually they weren't insinuations) in re my praise for BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN. Nor will I go into Rod's act of schism, beyond saying that I consider Carpenter's "outing" him the blogospheric equivalent of a capital offense, an act so despicable that it cancels out the underlying issue. I will never be interested in anything Carpenter says about anything.
And then the second miraculous event, at Shea's blog. The post itself was fine; he does nothing more than note my dislike for him -- a manifest undeniable fact. But then he says something quite amazing in his combox.
For what it's worth, I disagree with Victor profoundly, but I don't consider him an enemy, except in the sense that he considers me one. I'd be happy to see some reconciliation with him and the other Fogsters, but unfortunately I don't think that will happen, though I do pray for it.I am genuinely curious -- nay, floored at -- how anybody can publicly spread serial lies, misrepresentations, smears, moral libels and groundless imputations for years against someone -- without considering him an enemy. I mean, if these years have been how Shea acts toward someone whom he DOESN'T consider an enemy (regardless of the rights and wrongs on the underlying issues themselves), then what is left, short of physical violence, for those he DOES consider enemies. And if one were to say on pietistic or pacifistic grounds "I have no enemies, I luv everyone," etc., etc. -- then saying "Person X is not my enemy" is meaningless, a classification that doesn't classify.
I should note that whatever I may have done on the same front (and I won't pretend to have never hit below the belt, though there ARE some things I would never do, like ... lie) is not relevant to that narrow question -- how can Shea act like this toward a non-enemy. I quite openly say that I consider Shea a detestable enemy.¹
And what can "except to the extent he considers me one" mean? One either does or does not consider another his enemy. The reasons for this consideration or lack of it are a separate issue.
As for the "reconciliation" that Shea says he would like and says he prays for -- well, to repeat myself: Tis to laugh.
First of all, I have it on good authority that Shea doesn't think he has committed any sins of misrepresentation against me or anyone else (this post in this combox alone commits at least four forensic sins). On that grounds alone, I'm confident that I have nothing to say to him or him to me.
Second, he has asked before "what can I do here ... I'm not used to having enemies." But in the combox, the minute anybody suggested that he might be at fault, at least in part -- well ... it wasn't pretty (though it was funny, in a sick way). As Andy said:
You wring your hands about why you have enemies, and then you instantly get nasty, defensive, and sarcastic when someone asks if you may be contributing something to the animosity others feel toward you. Possibly there is a lesson to be learned in that.On that grounds alone (as well), I'm confident that I have nothing to say to Shea or him to me.
¹ His very accurate, for a change, words about my regard for him: I "feel cold contempt fill [my] viscera at the sound of [Shea's] name"