Tuesday, January 17, 2006

The Meridian's (not quite) Mid-week Miscellany #2

The new semester has begun and so I must prepare to meet it. Thus, posting will probably be light(er than usual) until that gets done and I actually begin setting these classes into motion. In the meantime, I thought I'd offer you some links to various outposts in the blogosphere that I've recently stumbled across and that you might like to visit:

Lovers of the art of centuries-old illustrated books and illuminated manuscripts will love BibliOdyssey. This site won the Cliopatria award for best new history blog. The template is plain because the show is the images.

3 Quarks Daily is the place to go if you're curious about a great many things and have LOTS of reading time on your hands. This "filter blog" links to long articles on such topics as whether laughter predates humor, biological insights yielded by the study of deer antlers, contemporary architecture, whether there is a "beauty instinct" in the same way that, as Steven Pinker argues, there is a "language instinct" . . . you get the idea. Go there.

This one isn't a new find, but he's worthy of your attention anyway. If there is a smarter, more thoughtful, "big picture" political blogger than Mark Schmitt, I have yet to find him/her.

Ross Douthat runs The American Scene, a right-leaning blog about politics and culture. Douthat calls himself a theocon, but let's just say he doesn't fit that stereotype. To rewrite a bit a line from A River Runs Through It, Douthat is a theocon who can read.

Some new (to me) bloggers you should know about:

Camille at 327 Market blogs about art and living in the Bay Area and other stuff. Careful prose, engaging photos.

A colleague of mine, "Dejavaboom," has just opened Musement Park for your reading pleasure. It's new; he hasn't installed many rides yet. He and I are colleagues, but his blog is worthy of your visits anyway.

And finally, 3 bloggers who work the typical blogosphere terrain but who work it smartly, thus making it yield something more nutritious than do others:
Epiphatic Exhaustion
Nobody Asked . . .
Infinite Regression.

Enjoy. I'll be back in a few days.


Andrew Simone said...

Thanks for the nice plug. I appreciate it.

Ariel said...

I think you have an eye for noteworthy blogs. Investigation will ensue.

John B. said...

Thanks to the both of your for your respective comments.

Ariel, the thing with me is, I can APPRECIATE good work and like linking to it, even if I'm not much good at producing work of like quality myself. I keep hoping that reading it will rub off on me.

Andrew Simone said...

Funny, that is my attitude.

tim said...

thanks for the link, John; and I'm glad it lead me to you.

dejavaboom said...

Thanks for the props. I have so much to live up to, modeling after blogs like yours and those you note!