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March 11, 2004


Dear Friedrich --

Hey, some new-to-me blogs I've been enjoying:

* As far as I'm concerned, the big news in blogville is the return of the blogger formerly known as Cinderella Bloggerfella. He's now going by the handle J. Cassian and he has new digs here. But the old, inimitable brains and range of interests are on full display; already he's made some sense out of Macdonia, Catalonia, and Turkmenistan. Thanks to Tatyana for turning up CB's new incarnation.

* The blogger (nameless, as far as I've been able to tell) at Rogue Classicism (here) is delivering a lot for your blogsurfing energy and time: this-date-in-history stuff; lots of classicist info, links and thoughts; even classical-history-oriented TV-viewing tips.

* First-class Texas observing/thinking/reacting/writing is available at Three Dog Blog (here) and from Cowtown Pattie (here). Both have exuberance and freshness to spare.

* Simon Kinahan (here) keeps it loose and witty. Recently he's written about ski injuries, CEOs who are younger than you are, and how irritating Neal Stephenson can be. He's one of those writers I read, nodding my head and thinking, "I know what he's talking about."

* The English blogger Bilious Young Fogey (here) is young, conservative, and gay -- seems to be the latest thing. Bilious is also smart, free-thinking and provocative.

* It's hard to beat Michael Huang (here) for thoughtfulness about big and weighty matters. Check out his postings on "The Passion"; I enjoyed another posting, this one about religious iconography, even more.

* Rowdiness and brains from San Jose's WhiskeyPrajer, who blogs at Sodden Revelations, here. WhiskeyP finds himself in the middle of a favorite of yours, Walter Hill's "The Warriors" (here), and wonders whether such a thing as sexual maturity exists here.

* The host at Tumblehome (here) describes himself as a Torontonian and occasional canoe guide, and he looks set to bring some welcome Canadian p-o-v into the cultureblogging scene. Here's an impressive and enjoyable posting about Canada's Group of Seven painters. Don't miss the galleries of G7 art he's put up too.

* The lefty media critic Eric Alterman made jaws drop all over the country when he entitled his latest book "What Liberal Media?" The bloggers at Oh, That Liberal Media (here) are doing a convincing job of answering Alterman's question.

* High-class filmchat and more from Michael Brooke, here.

* Ah, the old question: are the English really bright, or is the appearance of intelligence just a function of how well they use the language? Mick Hartley (here), for one, seems to be both terribly bright and a really good writer. He gabs about politics and culture from what I guess I'd call a funky-right p-o-v.



posted by Michael at March 11, 2004


Thanks, guys. We are more excited about this than we are when the leashes come out, rich with the promise of a walk.

Posted by: dog2 on March 11, 2004 3:24 PM

Readables! Yum, and say thankya. All of these are new to me.

Posted by: Linus on March 11, 2004 4:44 PM

The Rogue Classicist is David Meadows, an A.B.D. in Roman Studies from McMaster U. and middle school teacher in Ontario. You have to root around his Atrium site to find this information: the 'About Me' file seems to be missing, but the 'Email Us!' file ( gives the basics. Alternately, if you subscribe to the internet Classics list, you already know him as one of the most prolific and useful posters. I don't think he's trying to be anonymous.

Posted by: Dr. Weevil on March 11, 2004 6:29 PM

Michael, thanks for the link. Thanks for checking out the site. I want to point out that as of last night I had taken down most of my posts in order to give them a thorough editing, and so most of my content was off-line all day today. It must've looked pretty threadbare.
So do check out some of the stuff you may have missed. I'm particularly proud of this piece on Daniel Libeskind's design for a museum expansion in Toronto.

Posted by: Haystack on March 12, 2004 12:14 AM

Hey, I got a link. Wow. Thanks !

Posted by: Simon Kinahan on March 12, 2004 3:26 PM

Wooo eeee! Thanks, guys! Now, I have a reputation to live up to. A link posted by such Gurus of the Blog world is awesome!

Posted by: Cowtown Pattie on March 12, 2004 6:55 PM

Cheers for the link!

Posted by: J.Cassian on March 14, 2004 6:23 AM

Thanks for the link and thanks to Dr. Weevil for the gloss!

Posted by: rogueclassicist on March 14, 2004 8:54 PM

A great compliment from the second best site on the web (after of course).

Many thanks indeed.


Posted by: Toby on March 19, 2004 7:48 AM

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