What's Up With the Updates?

Frequent, long term visitors to this blog no doubt have noticed that we here at Gunslinger endeavor to update this blog every day. Granted, there is no mandate to do so; no requirement from without; and I'm certain a vast number of people would prefer that it not be updated at all. But since I have nothing more . . . substantive to offer our visitors in its stead, the inner compulsion to accumulate entries is perhaps greater than it otherwise would be.

This, in case you were wondering, is my roundabout way of apologizing for the absence of new content; particularly in the last two days. I wish I could tell you that my hands had been smashed to oatmeal, thus hampering me physically. In truth, I can only say that events in the last few days have conspired to incinerate both my will and my energy. It is the only excuse I have, but it has the added benefit of being true. Call it burnout; call it what you will. I just ain't got it in me at the moment; though I'm sure before long I'll snap back into the delusional mindset that, despite everything, keeps me running this thing like five-handed clockwork.

That is all

65 comments:

Sid Smith said...

Hey there Tom,
As a regular blogger myself I know there is sometimes a self-imposed pressure to deliver a daily update.

Like a lot of people, this blog is one of my first ports of call everyday - it never fails to educate, entertain and on many occasions, inspire.

The thing is it is OK to take a break and in the meantime visitors can spend oodles of time combing through the CP back catalogue.

Take some time out and if you feel up to it come back maybe once a week?

Whatever you decide is right just be aware that a lot of folks have really enjoyed you and the team's view on those cultural and personal observations.

MichaelRyerson said...

I, for one, appreciate the enormous effort it takes to keep this site moving. Add to that the high degree of style with which you do it. And yes, I (we) have noticed the break with your normal rhythm and like anxiety-ridden hpheads looking for the next fix and not seeing where it will come from, wait not-so-patiently for the next update.

samuel said...

what ever and when ever - it is always with bewilderment and joy when I peek...

samuel said...

it is with joy and anticipation - when and how are irrelevant

westofthewest said...

Best wishes. Enjoy the blog immensely.

Maureen said...

It happens, it's summer. You're forgiven and we wait anxiously for your return.

r said...

ey man... you´ve been here every day since...
we´ll be here for you...!

andrew said...

And at times like this, it makes sense to take stock. Congratulations on creating a consistent, quality blog and a personal favorite.

Your team winningly argues again and again that avante garde composers, crime scene photographers, post-war comedians, Cold War politicians, fine artists, Normal Rockwell, beat poets, and Bible-thumping Evangelicals are equally worthy of our consideration and are all responsible for that jumble of jetsam we call pop culture . And you do it not with snappy headers and haunting photos!

Thanks and I hope your muse returns.

vibrocount said...

More time for me to review the history of the Art of the Centerfold.

Timmy said...

"That is all" ??? That's all you can say at a time like THIS? Whoa, big fella... Maybe you should get to a doctors' office & take advantage of the last gleam of medical care left in the pond of Liberty. Big Brother is a comin' to town & he aint sportin' high heeled shoes.............

slyboots2 said...

Hey, take a breather- you're certainly entitled. Not like this is a 40 hour paying job- it's got labor of love pasted all over it. And that's what keeps me coming back. Keep on keeping on, sir!

idodialog said...

It is always so revealing of our civilization to come here. That is by no means every day so I don't notice your occasional absence. Were you to be away for a long time I would be bereft.

squajo said...

It's all groovy--no worries. Feel better soon!! Have a hot chocolate!!

Art Rock said...

Take your time - all of us bloggers know where you're coming from in this respect. Love your blog by the way. :)

Cooper Green said...

Excellent. This gives me time to absorb all the content in the right panel, which I have largely overlooked to this point. And your archives. Dammit, I'd better get started.

Tempest said...

ROAD TRIP!!!!

K said...

I hope you feel better soon.

nestmeister said...

Having visited daily for many months I think this is a good time to come out of the shadows and show my respect for the work involved in this blog, not to mention my awe and bewilderment at the depth of knowledge and the general labyrinthine, join-the-dots minds of the contributors.

The research and work to keep this thing going shines through like the first sun breaking the polar winter.

So, on behalf of all those watching and appreciating from afar, many thanks, and we will be waiting with big wide eyes when the fever takes you again...

michaelE said...

"Never apologize, it's a sign of weakness." - Capt. Nathan Brittles

erik hogstrom said...

Hang in there Tom! Your fans will always been here.

Kreisler said...

First and best blog I look at. Do it as you feel it

Flickhead said...

When I hit true burn out, I "ended" Flickhead. Four or five months later I returned. Unfortunately, the same could not be said for a lot of the people who used to visit the blog; they thought it was dead for good.

Why do I bring this up? Be fucked if I know.

G-Man said...

Just want to say, this is the best blog on any of the internets.

ilikedginger said...

Update when you want to. Stop feeling the pressure. My Google Reader will be waiting...

Philip said...

This blog is a gift. I can't say that I could even come close to being disappointed by the rate of posting.

I would still visit if the posts stopped completely. Just to look at posts I've already seen.

Thank you for maintaining this. Good luck with everything.

Steve Kostelecky said...

I hope you don't think for a minute your work is not greatly appreciated. I regret not having encouraged you sooner. This blog so wonderfully recreates the cultural landscape of my mind that it helps me realize I am not alone in the wilderness of modern life. That may seem like hyperbole, but I think there is some truth in there. As there is in your blog, which I turn to every day.
I hope your batteries recharge soon--but even if you find it impossible to continue you have made a contribution to my wellbeing and to that of your many visitors.
Best,
Steve

Marshall-Stacks said...

oh whew!

a chance to check the back-catalogue.

thank you for that and for everything before. Wishing you well.

Christopher said...

no problem..go get 'em Johnny Reb

Tommy O'C said...

This blog was, is, and will always be a thing of beauty and wonderment. I guess we've all become kind of spoiled with the constant updating of new materials and frequent surprises. But you have to look after Number One, no matter what. We'll all anxiously await your return. In the meantime, let's just express our appreciation and best wishes all you've done.

Trader said...

A small word to congratulate your immense work, folks.

Keep going guys and never doubt that the followers of this blog will support you all the way!

Thumbs up!

Tom Sutpen said...

Ladies. Gentlemen. All betwixt and between. I scarcely know what to say.

First, I wasn't intending this as a Farewell Address, believe me; nor even notice of an extended leave of absence on my part. I just decided to take a few days off. I'll resume regular updates on Monday.

I'm chuffed more than words can express at the tidal wave of good vibes, however. Know that they are returned a hundredfold.

Thanks to all!

Tom McMahon said...

And there are many, many more of us out here!

Vanwall said...

Tom, if anyone deserves a break, you do - this blog, as you know well, is a constant fave, and one the best damn things about the internet. Take it easy, and relax for while - I'm always stoppin' by and reading the voluminous archives. Take care, compadre.

Mick said...

Don't sweat it, Tom. We all need some r&r. It's that or your sanity.

stefa said...

hope it's just a bit of weariness, a gloomy moment that will be quickly off. anyway thanks for your blog so surprising and beautiful :))

mister muleboy said...

Tom -- incineration of will and of energy is a . . . bad thing.

I'm really against it.

Although this is my untopped, unchallenged, fabouritest spot ever to attend on the www,
you're ot here fr my amusement. [Although you and yer gang succeed, brilliantly]. You just take care of yourself, and look or will and energy where they come [and to be applied where they wish to go].

You're a damned good egg -- feel well.

Joanne said...

Take the rest you need and if you just can't blog anymore that is OK because you have offered so much with what you have already done.

Pedro said...

"G-Man said...Just want to say, this is the best blog on any of the internets."
Just want to second this, and to state it's the only blog I subscribe to.
I will be patient to no end while you renew yourself.
Now, off to check out all those glorious Marilyn pics again...

Alex said...

My favourite blog, Mr Sutpen. Promise that if you ever do retire for good, you'll end with your own picture (doing something idiosyncratic) under 'Public Servants #1'

Will always visit when looking for inspiration

Will always visit. Period.

Steve_W said...

Tom, thanks for all your efforts on this blog. I hope you will take as much of a break as you need; it's Summer after all (assuming you're posting from the Northern hemisphere...)

till.g said...

Hello,

Ever since stumbling across your blog in search of the internet of Marcello Mastroianni pictures I visited your blog - well, I guess daily.
And I agree with other comments that it's the style of your blog that attracted me and kept me visiting time and time again.
So, no matter if you come back or not: thank you for the thing you accomplished.

un genio del montón said...

I follow your posts everyday from Spain. Just the best blog I've ever read, even when I don't understand everything.

Thank you for all you already did. And please, Keep on.

Mark said...

I'm late to the cavalcade of good will here, but I'll add my expression of gratitude for the Gunslinger. Enjoy your short break.

Booksteve said...

Been there myself. We aren't going anywhere. We'll just be happy to see you when you get back.

rookgaroo said...

Enjoy a well-earned rest, my good fellow. As a relative newcomer to my new favorite blog, there is no shortage of material to bury myself in. Thanks for all your hard work, Tom. It's a wonderful thing you've accomplished here.
Repair, and be well!

A said...

As a sometimes-visitor to this blog, I'd just like to say that you're doing a great job. I'm looking forward to seeing the new stuff once it arrives, and in the meanwhile I'm more than content with the existing content.

[crappy pun, I know]

J said...

after checking my email in the morning this is the place i come next.
i've worried for two days, my friend!
Take your time

jacquefrost said...

a man gotta do what a man gotta do
your efforts are herculean!!!

phil said...


You've left us with smiling Andy for now. That'll do.

Now close your eyes and picture yourself at a cottage down by the lake. That'll do nicely.

Scott said...

Incredibly generous to even explain, Tom. "If Charlie..." is definitely an online staple for me, but egads, man, if we lose you we lose all the awesomesauce, too.

Take her easy, and I'll keep coming back until you got it in you. And I'll be damn well pleased when you do.

David said...

You are permitted a short term of rest.

Sincerely,
your loyal readers

loosefocus said...

Take care, Tom. There is already a lifetime's worth of the stuff that dreams of made off already on 'If Charlie Parker...'.

You take your time and bide easy.

love,

Yours fans from Bangalore

fate said...

I enjoy this blog.I hope it will continue soon.

BlizzB said...

You'd left us enough pictures to watch for months. Thanks for your splendid taste.

Bill Térébenthine said...

hello
I came here everyday

Best visual blog I know

I'll wait the time you need

Feel good

vincent said...

Mon blog favori, de loin. Allez chercher l'inspiration, il y a pour les lecteurs de quoi se nourrir pendant un bon moment. Merci.

Marshall P. Smith said...

Kudos to you Tom and this blog.

Just adding my voice.

signed
a fan



:-)

Tim Lucas said...

Your efforts here are much enjoyed and appreciated, Tom. I know how life can intrude on our hobbies, and how hobbies have a way of eclipsing and becoming work. Whatever the cause, I hope it is kind to you because you've earned that. Hang in there. We care. And I, for one, remain on tenterhooks awaiting the continuation of the Scott Walker series.

Boris said...

Hang in there. "Life's a soul full of hope...a hole full of soap".

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

Yowza! Off to the right, we see that Gunslinger followers now number more than 600. A conspiracy so vast! :-)

Hey Tom, maybe at least take every weekend off?

sebastian said...

I just want to send you my best!
I love your blog

peltz said...

I just wanted to let you know that this is by far my favorite blog on the net. I check in often and with great anticipation. So....take a break, and come back rested. BUT...be assured there are many of us who love this page and are beginning to really miss it!

asleep said...

Thank you very much for your efforts, Mr Sutpen.

Free association on your message:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57Lt9RaFGvo

marietta said...

Hello again,Tom sorry,my englisch is not so good.I will only say ,thanks for your very splendit taste in Picture and Text from Germany

Mikel J said...

Sounds like a case of the summertime blues. Do something you enjoy & if you can, get away for a while. Bring your laptop along and when CParker calls ya back, create something from afar.
I'm 61 and fortunately among those that continue to work and keep in touch with old & new people I meet on this contraption that was a toy to the guys at MIT in the early 70s. We've come a long way since all you could use was Arpanet for a gateway to binaries & threads on the usnets. If you depart cyberworld, I will miss those wonderful pictures that speak mostly for themselves. I brings me back to those times in my youth when .35 would buy you an afternoon in the air conditioned Palace or Strand theaters here in good ol' Albany, NY. Not a bad downtown in those days. Many of your splendid and candid feature the actors and actresses in those movies and those times. That connection and your surprises are what make the site so unique. I have a tremendous amount of music that would fit behind short viewings of your material. Would love to give you a few examples just to see how it goes.