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February 05, 2007

Blogroll Amnesty Day and Site Updates

This Atrios-proposed holiday is a very good one (though not, sadly, one that this blog actually survived). In any case, I've taken the opportunity to do some long overdue cleaning of the Blogroll. No longer do I link to Matt's Typepad site, or Spencer's TNR blog! And no longer are their 40 or so categories for you folks to pick through. Instead, I've kept about 30 of my favorite blogs, arranged in no particular order, grouped into random sets of five. It should actually be useful now. Additionally, my fine and talented Weekenders are atop the list, in a category all their own.

Speaking of which, Shakes, one of the first Weekenders, will no longer be guest posting on the site. She has moved on, sadly but unsurprisingly, to bigger and better things, in this case being the blogger for the John Edwards campaign. She'll do great. This would be a good time though for folks to offer suggestions for other guestbloggers. Given that Pepper and Shakes are both gone, I'm particularly interested in female writers. But all nominations are welcome.

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The only not-already-5K+/day female blogger I'm reading these days is Lindsay Beyerstein at Majikthise.

Maybe you can get someone who works for Mother Jones that thinks they're not blogging enough?

Sidenote: did you see that The Plank has at least two and female contributors?

Posted by: Nicholas Beaudrot | Feb 5, 2007 5:21:13 PM


Posted by: Elayne Riggs | Feb 5, 2007 5:38:45 PM

Can my blog amnesty last request be removing the c from my last name? ;)

Posted by: August J. Pollak | Feb 5, 2007 5:44:01 PM

Ezra, you might try a surf through blogher.org to see who else is out there.

Posted by: Lux | Feb 5, 2007 5:53:52 PM

Take a look at Jason Scorse's site: http://www.voicesofreason.info

He's an environmental economics professor who also blogs at grist.com
Don't know if he'd be interested in the weekend gig, but he's got some good stuff.

Posted by: Headline Junky | Feb 5, 2007 5:58:00 PM

um, make that grist.org

Posted by: Headline Junky | Feb 5, 2007 5:59:03 PM

My suggestion for guest blogger is Liza Featherstone, who writes for the Nation and the Notion. I think she'd be a good fit here. She writes a lot about Wal-Mart, feminism, and student political movements. I think she and Fred Jones would really hit it off.

Posted by: david mizner | Feb 5, 2007 6:13:22 PM

Why not have Shakes continue to blog here under full disclosure rules???

Posted by: Petey | Feb 5, 2007 6:20:56 PM

"This Atrios-proposed holiday is a very good one (though not, sadly, one that this blog actually survived"

You've been purged for saying un-nice things about Stoller...

Posted by: Petey | Feb 5, 2007 6:29:19 PM

This Atrios-proposed holiday is a very good one (though not, sadly, one that this blog actually survived

Just keep writing thigns that he links to and you'll get added back on.

Posted by: Nicholas Beaudrot | Feb 5, 2007 6:54:37 PM

I am a complete nobody in the blogosphere (80 unique hits would be a banner day at The Last Duchess), but I do contribute to Shakespeare's Sister, too, and I have many, many areas of interest: ones about which I've written (feminist concerns, global warming, health care, etc.) as well as a few I'm not certain very many serious people hereabouts are interested in--fashion, soccer, and Formula One racing, for starters--about which I've had work published the old-fashioned way (articles, a book for Random House, and so forth). And I'm female. As well as not too proud to nominate myself and get laughed out of the room.

Posted by: litbrit | Feb 5, 2007 7:09:08 PM

Litbrit! litbrit! litbrit!

Formula One racing? Couldn't be any less interesting to me than the posts about The Wire. (I avoid TV serials on principle.) If you can blog about frying tofu you can probably blog about anything here.

Posted by: Sanpete | Feb 5, 2007 7:23:05 PM

"As well as not too proud to nominate myself and get laughed out of the room."

No laughter here--I liked your blog--but I don't get a vote. In any case, I admire you applying for a job in a comments thread. Now for the interview:

1. Who's your favorite blogger (you can't say Ezra or Shakes)?
2. Opinion on single-payer v. market-based approaches to health care
3. Your favorite philosopher?
4. Your position on the Arab-Israeli conflict (I snuck that one in there)?
5. Your deathrow meal? Actually, who cares what she eats when she's gonna die, so just fantasy meal?

Posted by: david mizner | Feb 5, 2007 7:27:25 PM

What about Jill at brilliantatbreakfast.blogspot.com?

Posted by: Royko | Feb 5, 2007 7:39:30 PM

You can refer to Jon Swift for a slightly different take on this amnesty.


Posted by: Xanthippas | Feb 5, 2007 8:53:56 PM

I think this notion of "amnesty" is a very strange one indeed. Skippy is not happy about it either. I wonder why it is that liberal and democratic blogs have blogrolls that are so curiously un-liberal and un-democratic.

Posted by: Jon Swift | Feb 5, 2007 9:12:18 PM


1. Can I choose two non-Ezra, non-Shakes bloggers? I read and enjoy many of the same blogs as everyone else here, but two (somewhat) lesser-known favorite writers who come to mind are The Dark Wraith and TRex (now with FireDogLake).

2. I believe health care (and by that I mean of the basic, preventive, trauma, and specialized varieties--the whole lot) should be the birthright of everyone. I am disgusted that the first question out of anyone's mouth when one enters a hospital in this country is "Who is your insurer?" as opposed to "When did that gushing flow of blood start, and why don't you lie down right now and let us help you?" Scandinavia is probably getting it closer to right than most parts of the world. That the United States is such a wealthy nation yet so very many people cannot afford to see a doctor, and our infant mortality rate (to name just one statistic) is so high, make my blood boil. Last year, I wrote a post called "Summer's Eve On The Potomac" in which I proposed a Boston Tea Party-style protest during which citizens demonstrate exactly what they think of anti-universal-health-care politicians by throwing douchebags into said river.

3. Rousseau and Mill are right up there.

4. I am not well-schooled enough in this area of history or geopolitics to make any sort of statement that would enlighten; I side with the innocent, always, and wish with all my heart that the interests of human beings and their families could drive the negotiations, as opposed to the interests of politicians, religious leaders, and oil companies. I'm also pragmatic enough to accept that this won't happen, at least not in my lifetime.

5. Ask me tomorrow and the answer will probably be different, but anyway, my fantasy meal tonight would be chilled carrot and coriander soup followed by grilled bluefish on a bed of braised fennel with black olives and preserved lemons; a chunk of crusty baguette with butter; and, for dessert, soufflé au Grand Marnier; all accompanied by a magnum of Billecart-Salmon Rose and an equally generous helping of interesting conversation.

I am now going into my kitchen to make myself a grilled cheese sandwich, which I'll eat sola.

(Sanpete: thank you thank you thank you!)

Posted by: litbrit | Feb 5, 2007 9:16:24 PM

i concur w/mr. swift. it's orwellian double speak of bushian proportions when "amnesty" refers to the amnesty of the people doing the cutting. in other words, don't hold atrios (or kos, or jesus' general, or pharyngula) responsible for when they dump you off their rolls.

i am especially perturbed in that, aside from blogging daily consistently for almost 5 years, makinge my blog one of the early settlers, if not pioneers in blogtopia (and yes, i coined that phrase!), i have been forefront in producing actual results when it comes to getting electronic media to give blogs their due respect (read my whiny diatribe here for examples involving the washpost and cnn).

one last thing, a minor joke:

a: what's the difference between atrios and instapundit?

q: instapundit links to skippy

Posted by: skippy | Feb 5, 2007 9:37:05 PM

she blogs at skippy!

Posted by: skippy | Feb 5, 2007 9:41:57 PM

Good stuff, litbrit, especially the response on health care. I hope to find you here, although your posts on fasion with be lost on everyone, except for McManus.

Posted by: david mizner | Feb 5, 2007 10:02:45 PM

ps, my mistake, pharyngula has not "amnestied" anybody off his roll. he, like i, only cuts blogs when it becomes apparent that the blogger has not worked on it for a month or more (tho i'm inclined to give them a three month grace period...you never know when ted barlow's disease might strike!!)

Posted by: skippy | Feb 5, 2007 11:08:54 PM

I nominate myself - I would love to guest blog here. I write about gendery stuff, national and some local politics (I live in Idaho), food, and a little bit of science from time to time. And my mom thinks I'm cool.

Actually, I also lift a fair proportion of my ideas from conversations with my husband, and he might be a good guest blogger. If you remember, Ezra, his name is Andreas Schou he had an email discussion with you a while back about social services in a rural setting. He works as a legal advocate at a DV/SA resource center, and also was a case manager at the local homeless shelter. He's got a lot of knowledge and experience with public-interest law-type issues. And he's quite handsome, to boot. I'll let him know I nominated him, and I'll bet he'll be interested.

Posted by: Sara | Feb 5, 2007 11:31:19 PM

My (non) vote goes for litbrit as well.

Posted by: Stephen | Feb 5, 2007 11:43:01 PM

Litbrit's in -- I'm just ashamed I didn't think of her myself.

Posted by: Ezra | Feb 5, 2007 11:56:52 PM

Hey, what's wrong with the permalink and comments on the next post -goooooo planet-? They wont open up.

And what the hell is "where both the Irish and the Catholics have obtained nukes" supposed to mean?

Posted by: Twisted_Colour | Feb 6, 2007 12:07:01 AM

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