Red often comments on my posts but why, I wondered, is he not posting at the moment. So I went to my dashboard and saw that his last post on the reading list was four weeks ago. In fact he had lots of posts four weeks ago. ? What it didn't tell me is that he has written many posts since then.
Somewhere, I would guess, around 1964 I read Joseph Heller's Catch 22. At that time I was deeply into the Russian novels and so Catch 22 was a refreshingly different type of satire and I can recall even now that it made a big impression on me at the time. I've read it once since - perhaps in the '70s.
So when I was wondering why Blogger seems constantly to ignore posts from my friends in Blogland or post them to my reading list at seemingly random times Yossarian's words from Catch 22 came back to me: 'Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you'.
In fact I think that Catch 22 probably has more memorable quotes in it than any other book I've read. I've just been reminding myself of some of them.
So Red or anyone else who wonders why I am not visiting (bearing in mind I don't always comment) if you happen to read this you will now probably know why.