Sunday, July 05, 2009

Arianna Karenina — A novel of Change and Hope

Last night I dreamed about writing a sequel to Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. The modern sequel might be called Arianna Karenina — unlike the Salinger sequel, the publication could not be stopped by the author of the original work. The new book begins when a brilliant woman ends her relationship with Konstantin Dmitrievitch Levin, and then jumps on a train to New York, to transform the world with liberal ideas, citizen participation, and intelligent debate. Instead of despairing over love and loss, the heroine finds hope and fulfillment in her meaningful work.

That dream might have been triggered by a package that came in the mail a few days ago. It was a signed-by-author copy of The Huffington Post Complete Guide To Blogging — my prize for being a runner-up in a Huffington Post contest. (My nearly-winning 5-word sentence was: "Blogs: Weapons of Mass Instruction."). The book does not claim to reveal the secrets of transforming your hardly-noticed blog into a blog read by millions. Instead, it provides the basics of blogging, and offers a glimpse into the success of the Huffington Post (blog), and the innovative vision of a remarkable woman named Arianna Huffington.

Other books written by Ms. Huffington include Right is Wrong: How the Lunatic Fringe Hijacked America, Shredded the Constitution, and Made Us All Less Safe (2008); and On Becoming Fearless ... In Love, Work and Life (pictured above).

Watch Arianna discuss her book about blogging: