Friday, January 23, 2009


There's this blog back-slapping thing going on. I know because I've been so slapped by buddy and all around mordant wit Richard Harland Smith over at Movie Morlocks. You can peruse his plaudits here. Such honors rarely arrive without obligation, however, and each designee is asked, nay forced, to list five blogs he or she deems worthy. Normally, whenever I happen across one I think should be more widely read, I simply add it to the Links column on the right, so naturally, that's from whence I'll draw. (I'm guessing that if Richard knew I'd be using the term "whence" in my reply, he might've withdrawn the accolade.) I won't get overly reciprocal by log-rolling Movie Morlocks, where he contributes a couple columns a week, but you should visit there as well if you've any interest in film, particularly of the macabre ilk.

I actually don't read many blogs with any kind of regularity. Most of the music oriented ones will doubtless be familiar with anyone who visits here, so I'll only single out one. Robert Kirkpatrick's a spiral cage. Robert clearly spends a good deal of time thinking and listening and is forthright in his opinions. He even footnotes posts! He also contributes on a reasonably regular basis, something that can't be said for certain *cough* British bloggers whose appearance every other leap year caused them to lose out in this particular awards ceremony.

Is Edge a blog? Maybe not, but it's a fine site for those interested in recent thoughts on philosophy, science and even occasionally art from leading folk in various fields with a decided tilt toward the neurobiological and anti-mystical though opposing views are regularly expressed. This despite reminding me of U2 every time I drop in.

I've only recently begun to routinely read Ed Howard's Only the Cinema, but it's quickly become a favorite. Ed writes extremely well thought out opinions on a wide range of films. I get envious with people who write about movies with things like, oh, images, narrative structures etc. where I have to deal with thumps and sine waves.

Pete Cherches waxes sarcastic and indignant about food and other stuff over at Word of Mouth. He's pretty unerring on the gustatory front (as I type, I'm awaiting his arrival to venture out to what's purported to be the only Kenyan restaurant in the NYC area, right here in Jersey City!), very humorous and perceptive otherwise. Even if he doesn't like eai.

Geez, that's only four (like I said, I really don't peruse so many). OK, one more music one that doesn't get enough attention. Caleb Deupree's Classical Drone. Caleb, who I know from zorn-list days, writes extremely well (and with way more musical knowledge than I'll ever have) about various areas that sometimes touch on the eai-end of things, but more often reside around post-minimalist classical concerns. He also writes gently, a rare enough quality around these here parts.

OK, gentlemen, you have your assignments. Thanks for all the words.

7 comments:

Ed Howard said...

Thanks for the mention, Brian, I am honored. I've really enjoyed checking in here lately, too, since there's such a wide, eclectic range of material covered. I like the idea of a site that has equal room for Keith Rowe, Roger Daltry and Ingmar Bergman.

And I well know the perils of writing about sine waves and springs on guitar strings too much; one of the reasons I seldom write about music these days.

Caleb Deupree said...

Thanks, Brian. I also am honored, in addition to finding a new film blog (hi Ed, nice to meet you). Now I have to pour a cup of Seattle's best and go write something....

Richard Pinnell said...

Grumble... some of us don't have jobs that allow us to sit around loafing in front of a computer half the day... I've written twenty blog posts already this year... but only in my head. Wish I had the time!

Anonymous said...

Your "Classical Drone" link sends us to "Word of Mouth" as well.

Brian Olewnick said...

Whoops, thanks. Corrected.

robert said...

Hey Brian,

Thanks for the shout out and the kind words. Fine company all, my fellow linked blogs, an honor to be among them. Of course it would come during my (admittedly self-imposed) hiatus. Though, maybe that'll let me weasel out of my "assignment". :)

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