As I mentioned
, George assigned the bloggers at the meetup some homework. He wanted us to name three blog we read every day, and ones that we read at least every two days. This type of thoughtstream makes me consider if I need to update my blogroll more often. Then again, John at the meeting mentioned he liked being under my "Geeks and Visionaries" section when I had it. I removed it partly because I didn't want to have to divy people up in a way that could be seen as qualitative if possible. I'm thinking of making new categories, but since it takes so long to republish my blog after making changes (I have a manual blogroll) it has to wait till the weekend. But enough sidetracking, I should get to the homework. I will put aside the tragedy that befell the academy when in high school my senior paper for history was somehow lost. I worked like a dog - assuming that most dogs study Canadian history and spend a lot of time researching at the library - on a tome on my homelands history and a paper reviewing same. In a confession, I must admit I didn't much like that book (sorry, Mr. Foster) but nonetheless I proceeded to over analyze it like a mother******. Don't ask me how, but somehow, the paper never got to him. He was the only one teaching that course, so I know no one stole it as their own. I can only imagine a custodian with a droll sense of humour, reading it by flashlight and chuckling at my run-on sentences, then tossing it in the actual, as opposed to the much more famous proverbial, ash heap of history.
There are a few blogs I read every day even when very pressed for time I always read Brewed Fresh Daily
because George so often finds neat blogs I have not seen. But his blog was excluded from the lists we were told to make. Rather than just list them (the blogroll does that), I should say why I am as entranced as a cobra considering a snake-charmer's flute.
I read Your Daily Art
every day because it has very few words, nice pictures, and contains that rarest of finds in today's America, actual information. Martha does a great job of taking the browns and umbers out of artistic appreciation.Reflections in d minor
by Lynn is one of the first blogs I started reading, and her mix of thoughts on higher culture and daily life without pretensions made me think I could write a decent blog too. [It turns out you were mistaken. - Editor
Jerry: Go back to Kausfiles, where you reside as a device. I don't even like
Kausfiles. If I wanted to hear someone pretend they are a liberal or centrist, I would read Instapundit
every day. Or I could just sample right wing blogs, say "Heh" or perhaps "Indeed" to myself and go shopping for cars. But enough sidetracking]
A lot of people brought up Jessa Crispin's Bookslut
blog as a daily read. It has frequent updates and fairly short pieces, and often seems to be a crucible, featuring short yet very insightful writing
The Agony Column has an audio interview with Chuck Palahniuk about, among other things, his new book Haunted. The one question I would have liked him to ask: How is it even possible this book is as bad as it is? It seems to violate laws of physics with its badness.
There are some I check at least every two days. Bill Callahan
is also where I go when I'm trying to figure out anything relating to Cleveland, it's political scene, and how a fracking convention center will not improve matters. He's a great source for something other than just pointless ranting (which I can get reading any Ohioan ex-trombone bloggers) and my old favourite, actual information. Other locals I keep up with include Jeff on Have Coffee, Will Write
and Steve Fitzgerald of Lakewood Life
because in both cases I feel like I get to know more about my community from reading them - and it goes to show despite wildly different tones, they should both appeal to those in love with what they used to call facts.
Speaking of news, Avedon Carol
is a place I always check for links to interesting articles on politics beyond just Cleveland, better-thought-out-than-mine rants, and the occasional picture of a bra. Tim Russo's Democracy Guy
is an excellent one-stop shopping site for opinions of the day that stradles the traditional definitions of left and right.
There are some blogs that just feature the good writing of their authors, like John Etorre's Working with Words
, Creative Ink
and the brilliant long post, very personal format Mel prefers onLife Cycle of a Fruit Fly
Then there are what you might term the OddBlogs - weird subjects, or the unfiltered working of the mind. There has to be a special place in any reader's heart, and perhaps stomach, for Ladygoat's writing on Foodgoat
. She makes food - even what we might think is ordinary food - seem exciting, and has manages to share the experience of eating as a kind of joy. Jen writes at Very Big Blog
and often has some interesting story linked, with the occasional aside on another area I know little about: design. Another blog I read to unwind my mind from the everyday is jackzen
. I don't pretend to be very zen, but it's worth some time to read and learn to appreciate this blog and learn how to appreciate life and what lemons, Walmarts, or casinos it gives you. The thought experiments of Adam Harvey on Organic Mechanic
make me rethink what a blog could be, as well as being nice pieces in their own right, that leave you as pleased as one who has secretly consumed magical calorie free brownies at midnight.