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August is the cruelest month

Well, and August was a lousy month for this Tohu Bohu, wasn’t it? I wrote 34 entries, if I counted correctly, and y’all contributed only 26 comments (plus nine of YHB’s comments in response). That’s a low for comments, at least for the last couple of years. I blame myself. And Matt Hulan.

Anyway, my show now being over (I will have at least one more post about the show, probably today or tomorrow), and the year having started (the academic year, that is, the one that dominates my life and I’m guessing the lives of several of y’all), and the campaign having at last begun for realsies (huzzah), I am hoping for more active conversation here.

Although I’m low on inspiration. So. I’m opening up this Tohu Bohu for y’all to give me ideas on what to write about, that y’all will converse about. The election? Presidential and Legislative? More about music? More about the library? Hungarian jokes? Rants about items in the daily news?

OK, to get y’all used to commenting again, here’s a direct question for you: Do you read lefty blogs? Specifically, do you read (a) Eschaton, (2) Talking Point Memo (looking at the front/headlines), (iii) TAPped? I have been assuming that any of y’all who have any interest in politics read those blogs, and so not commenting on things that are covered there, unless I strongly disagree with what appears to be the agreed take by those commenters. Should that be my continuing policy? Or should I pass along observations I agree with, to expose y’all to the highlights of Left Blogovia?

Tolerabimus quod tolerare debemus,


I'm so ashamed.

Plus, I read TPM, but not the other two. Links?


I don't read lefty blogs, for the most part, although I'm interested in what they have to say. Basically I read blogs by my friends and blogs about software development. And "I Can Has Cheezburger".

So yes, I'd love to hear summaries/analysis/rants/whatever based on what you read in other blogs.

Surely it would be merely the work of a few weeks to assign every blog entry to a category and make a graph of which categories generate the most comments. Right?

Topics: I'd like to hear more about the Perfect Former Non-Reader and the Youngest Member, and child-rearing in general, that being at the forefront of my own mind. I'd also like to hear analysis that shows that Obama is going to win. :) Also anything about music.

Put me in the Matt column; I too read TPM but not the other two (although even my TPMing has decreased recently, superseded by 538 and RCP).
As for topics, oh, you know me. I'm always interested in hearing more of your thoughts on mesmerism, cosmology, or Nunavut.

I try not to read political blogs at all, especially since the ones at the top of my list tend to put half of their articles below the fold, if you will, so that the article runs smoothly on into the comment section. Do I need to say anything about the comment section at large political sites? The peril from without, the peril from within?

In this regard, I'm very much in favor of reading your political analysis. I still think back on the Conservative Principles series as one of my favorite bits of internet political writing. I enjoy your approach to the subject, whether you're working with the general concepts, the events of the moment, or the rhetoric of a particular speech. And I trust the temperament of your comment section, which in turn makes me less prone to the peril from within.

In fact, here's a prompt for you: more than once, you've identified yourself here explicitly as a party person. Wait, no, that doesn't sound right. A Person of the Democratic Party. A partisan, in a positive sense. Why? Given that the Democratic Party has been, within living memory, the party of Thurmond (and all that that entails), what do you see in that structure that makes you approach it not just as the currently preferable home of the good but as a good in itself?

...and I agree with Jacob, more child-rearing. As it comes to mind and doesn't infringe on the Smaller Readers' privacy.

I don't read lefty blogs, and rarely even read libertarian blogs these days. I don't have strong feelings about whether you should post more comments on stuff there or not.

Food for thought. For your links: Eschaton is the A-List blog of Duncan Black, a Philadelphia-area economist, and his guest posters. It largely consists of short links to other sites; every now and then Mr. Black will actually write something interesting, usually on city planning or economics, but I read it mostly to know what Left Blogovia is het up about. There is very rarely any idea that goes through Left Blogovia that Atrios (Mr. Black's nom de net) doesn't link to within a very few hours. Tapped is the blog of The American Prospect; there are about a dozen contributors. The knowledge base is extremely high, and the posts are (I believe) edited or at least looked at before they go on-line, so there are somewhat fewer typos, and most of the notes are in complete sentences that make some sort of sense.

I don't necessarily think any Gentle Reader ought to read those blogs, for any value of ought, but my impression is that if you look at those three blogs for a total of, oh, fifty notes a day? something close to that, anyway, at this time of the cycle, and if you actually read ten or so of those entries and follow three or four of the links, you will know everything that Left Blogovia is on about in a great deal of detail. For vaddevah dat's worth.

And yes, for the sake of whatever you cherish, do not read the comments at any of those blogs.


On the other hand, September seems off to a roaring start. What's the tally at, Tally-man?


I do not read the lefty blogs you have listed, generally. I am a steady reader of Daily Kos, however, and I think most of the concerns of Left Blogovia get canvassed there. I even skim the comments fairly regularly. So I wouldn't say I am looking for exposure to the highlights of Left Blogovia.

I am, however, always interested in your take on matters political, so I would encourage you to write about politics whenever there's something you want to write about.

I don't read political blogs — too little time, too little patience — and I find your political commentary unusually thoughtful and articulate. Also, when you post on political topics, Chris Cobb often chimes in, so bonus points there.

I'm also a big fan of your scriptural analyses, even though I rarely comment.

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