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January 24, 2003

Blog Surfing

Friedrich --

* The scarily-smart Aaron Haspel (here) and the equally-scarily-smart Jim Ryan (here) are having an enlightening exchange about the proper use of slippery-slope-style arguments. Aaron, a poetry buff worth attending to, has also begun treating us to an occasional series of first-rate postings on "how to read a poem." Jim Ryan is still putting off his long-awaited posting on the political thinking of John Kekes. Email Jim and tell him to get his act together!

* The scarily-smart (and scarily-entertaining) Brian Micklethwait, of Samizdata fame, has finally, after much inexcusable foot-dragging, got Brian's Cultureblog up and running. It's already wonderful, and it's readable here.

* Polly Frost, of Notes from the Velvet Crypt (here), is back posting after a few weeks away, during which she produced a workshop of a comic play she wrote. Its subject: a young woman's love affair with her cell phone. Nifty!

* On Banana Oil, his new movieblog (here), Michael Hamet confesses that he has watched "Singin' in the Rain" oh, maybe about a hundred and seven times.

* Alice Bachini, the Libertarian Parent in the Countryside (here), continues to get my vote for the blogosphere's "most winning voice," an apparently inimitable combination of whimsy and acuteness.

* I've never properly pointed out Mike Snider on Poetry (here), so I'm doing so now. Mike's blog is the best, most down-to-earth way I know of to ease yourself into the contempo poetry scene. Some damn good poems, too, from Mike himself.



posted by Michael at January 24, 2003


Thanks for the props, as ever. I owe you an answer about Tom Wolfe, which I will post on my own blog; the short version is, I still don't know enough about architecture to have had your experience with Bauhaus, but my experience with its sister volume, The Painted Word, was remarkably similar. The older I get, the less I care what people's opinions are and the more I care how they arrived at them. I begin to feel, for example, that you aren't entitled to hate Picasso, or Pollack, unless you really liked them at one time. I'm not being as clear as I would like, but perhaps you know what I mean.

Posted by: Aaron Haspel on January 24, 2003 3:51 PM

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