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Friday, May 18, 2012


I should explain that I am currently in a holding pattern [which, I am afraid, suggests that I am going around in circles.]  There is a meeting scheduled for next Friday at which the gig I have been hinting about will formally be launched.  Once that happens, I will tell you all about it, but for the time being, I am simply idling along, unable really to do more than think obsessively about what I am planning to do and hoping to accomplish. 
What blogs does a blogger read?

I check in every day [actually several times a day] with four blogs:  Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish, Markos Moulitsas' The Daily Kos, Josh Marshall's TPM, and Ariana Huffington's the Huffington Post.  Sullivan is an English gay journalist and activist [now an American citizen, I believe] who describes himself as a conservative but is an Obama supporter.  His blog is, among other things, a very useful way to keep abreast of what the right is saying.  The Daily Kos is a blog located politically on the left wing of the Democratic Party whose focus is on the nitty-gritty of electoral politics.  Moulitsas keeps track of every House and Senate race in the nation, and a great many state and local races as well.  I learn more about what is happening politically in my corner of North Carolina from him than I can from the local newspaper.  He has all the latest details on redistricting struggles in states across the country  TPM is a progressive reporting-based rather than opinion-based blog that draws on and thus keeps me in touch with a wide range of national and international reporting, and also does some original reporting itself.  The Huffington Post, which is the biggest and glitziest of these blogs, features a good deal of opinion [my son, Tobias, has appeared on it several times] and national and international raportage, along with pop cultural news and all manner of other things.  I also check in, from time to time, with Brian Leiter's blog, which is a clearinghouse for news in the academic philosophical world.  Leiter is a fulltime distinguished professor of Law at Chicago, and I do not have the foggiest idea how he manages to put as much as he does on his blog while also pursuing a very successful academic career.  He must not sleep.

All of these blogs rely heavily on materials originated elsewhere and simply reproduced or linked to.  Sullivan is a serious, albeit dissenting, Catholic, so there is a huge amount of material on his blog about faith, spirituality, atheism, prayer, and such like matters.  He also has an obsession with beards [he has one] and a rather magpie tendency to pick up and reproduce anything at all interesting on a wide range of topics.  All four blogs have staffs of people who write, collect, link, and otherwise produce the flood of material that appears on them.  And all four of them have a readership and daily visitorship [if I may put it that way] that is many orders of magnitude greater than the readership of this little blog.  On the very rare occasions when one or another of them mentions me, my viewer counter blips up like a blood pressure spike before settling back down.

I even read the NY TIMES online, although I also subscribe to the paper copy [for my wife, and for the crossword puzzle, which does not appear online -- they are not total fools.]  Since the new day's copy is posted not long after midnight, I read it when I get up [as I always do] in the middle of the night.  I also watch Rachel Maddow online, since her show airs at 9 p.m., which is after my bedtime.



Craig said...

For what it is worth, I also find Krugman's blog and Ezra Klein's blog useful. And I check in from time to time with the folks at Crooked Timber.

Mark Tushnet said...

For what it's worth, the Times crossword puzzle is available online, free to subscribers to the paper edition. You have to register to get it, which means that you also get rather occasional e-mails from the Times. The crossword is posted at 10 PM on the night before the paper edition's date -- and at 6 PM on Saturdays and Sundays. The "second" Sunday puzzle, including the Acrostic, goes up early on Thursday evening.

Superfluous Man said...

Juan Cole is very good on the Middle East and politics related thereto.

Scott Horton, a Constitutional scholar at Harper's No Comment keeps up with the crimes of the Empire and the problems at the US Justice Department and other government agencies, although the posts can be very disheartening and depressing to think about. is my favorite investigative journalism site and although they are not a "blog" in the literal sense (they have a few on the site but I can't name them) , they are very good at looking deeply into subjects affecting the world we live in here in America as well as the world outside the US.

James Fallows' blog at The Atlantic magazine is a good blog for discussion of all things China (he recently lived there for several years), aircraft of all kinds, technology and useful time saving and record keeping computer programs and technologies, national security, and boiled frogs, not necessarily in that order.

Jerry Fresia said...

I would recommend Glenn Greenwald at He writes about civil liberties and a host of issues including American electoral politics. Clearly one of the best. For those of you who like Maddow, I recommend downloading the "miro" player. In addition to Maddow there are endless programming choices which you can download and watch at your convenience.

Andrew Lionel Blais said...

Seen this?

NotHobbes said...

A UK blog worth following

Superfluous Man said...

NotHobbes, thanks for the Monbiot link. He's one tough SOB and lays into those who need laying into as well any writer as I've seen anywhere. Reading him is a delight.

NotHobbes said...

You're welcome SuperfluousMan.
He does ruffle a few feathers :-)

High Arka said...

Wow, all the way from Arianna to KOS to Sullivan! How can you handle taking in such extremes of material from either side of the political spectrum?

Chris said...

No marxists and/or anarchists news outlets...?

occasionalist said...

While you're at the Atlantic, check out Ta-Nehisi Coates as well. Well-written blog with intelligent comments.

LFC said...

I almost never read The Daily Dish, The Daily Kos, TPM, the Huff Post, or Krugman. I read Ezra Klein only very occasionally.

The blogs I read most regularly are Crooked Timber and The Duck of Minerva. I also check in from time to time with some others, including The Monkey Cage, Daniel Drezner, Stephen Walt, Corey Robin, the US Intellectual History blog, The Disorder of Things, The Moor Next Door, Chris Blattman, etc. I used to read David Kaiser's History Unfolding now and then but haven't been there much in the past couple of years.

LFC said...

p.s. I also check in occasionally with D.P. Trombly's Slouching Toward Columbia. (NB the blog's title is not a reference to Columbia Univ.)