Monday, March 03, 2008

This Blog is Rated E for Excellent

Historiann has rated our blog E for Excellent.

...and we were listed among some very good company to boot.

Thanks so much for the blog love. As I understand, we are meant to pass this rating along.

1. Historiann. Can we do that without charges of nepotism or...? Seriously, we've written before about how much we enjoy her blog. Colonial history, liberal politics and Friday Barbie Blogging all rolled into one. And what's more remarkable is she's geographically situated (like when she's not online) in one of America's bastions of reactionary conservatism. Ok, that might be an overstatement, but Fort Collins is certainly not a liberal oasis."History and sexual politics 1492 to the present." Enough said.

2. wood s lot. Bent had a short write up of this wonderful blog, "the exquisitely designed culture/theory/aesthetics portal," a few months ago here. There's something for everyone there kids.

3. Bag news Notes. Michael Shaw's blog has been on the blog role here from the beginning, whenever that was.

"a progressive blog dedicated to the political, psychological and media analysis of news images, and the support of concerned photojournalism."
Shaw has a great cast of contributors and an active intelligent community. Just read the comments and you'll get a sense of the community. Furthermore, he's been trying out some cool new tools to enhance the conversation. His work has largely inspired me to take the occasional, and purely amateurish, attempt at visual political analysis.

We've positioned our "blogs of note" blog role higher up the page and moved these three blogs to the top three spots for the month. When you drop by these sites do leave a comment or just say hello.


One of the really great things about blogging is the reverse chronological order of posts. It's also sometimes frustrating as more writers are posting content that older posts become quickly buried bellow the fold.

So here let me draw your attention back to some earlier articles you may have missed along the way.

First, Bent's series on Beat Writers is definitely worth a look if you haven't seen them all. Kerouac times, Basic Hip - Kerouac times, vol.2, Alan Ginsberg and the American Scream, Howl tape unearthed, and more recently, Dr. Benway, I presume... . See also Robert Gibbons comments below the post. Bent's piece on Gibbons is also very much worth revisiting. His latest piece is just bellow this post.

Anne Dvinge introduced herself with, Words, Jazz, and Spaces in Between… an introduction of sorts., including a "bonus track" of "the meister of spaces in between." Yes, it's often the spaces in between but we hope those spaces here are not too few and far between. Again, welcome aboard Anne!

Steen's recent and timely post,
Celebrity Pastiche, looks at images of Hollywood simulating itself. It's a fascinating article and many of the photos are quite intriguing. Simulacrum or not, the Renée Zellweger Vertigo portrayal of Kim Novak is simply stunning.

...and elsewhere out on the internets,

With Steen's post in mind, what does this say about postmodern US politics?

The folks at East Anglia report that the US Embassy in London is supporting a live webchat to discuss the US elections. Very cool.

Tim Lacy at US Intellectual History has a piece on William F. Buckley. Oh, and for something interesting about Buckley and the Beats, see the comments here to this post.

David Nye continues his reflections on the 2008 elections. It feels like there is primary election fatigue setting in so the idea that Florida and Michigan may re-vote could jolt the presses back into hysteria.

Finally, a little musical diversion. This is Tusk , the title track (accompanied by the USC Marching Band) to Fleetwood Mac's 1979 double album. This was the version of the band that included; Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Who does double "albums" anymore?