I’d like to draw your attention to a slight change to the template. I removed the “Places To Go” section and replaced it with a list of blogs that I happen to like. Those in the know (re: nerds) call this a “Blogroll.”
Here’s a quick run-down of the blogs on my Blogroll:
WomoPage: A movie review site written by a friend of mine who also happens to have taught several of my graduate classes. Besides writing highly entertaining reviews he’s an authority on William Shakespeare, John Milton, and the Star Wars universe. Challenge him on any of these subjects at your own peril.
Mischievous Muse: I sure you’ve seen the author, Anniina, comment here many times. She’s an actress and a poet and you’ll find insightful posts on a myriad of subjects that reflect her artistic sensibility. She also seems to be addicted to internet quizzes, which is certainly not a bad thing. Be sure to leave your quiz results in her comment section.
Dave Barry: I don’t really need to write out a bio on Dave Barry, do I? Didn’t think so.
Scott Adams: Yeah, he’s the “Dilbert” guy, but after you read his blog I think you’ll agree that we’re only seeing a glimpse of his talent in the comic strip. Surprisingly well-read, Adams writes posts that are meant to spur debate among his sizable audience”¦and sometimes he just makes with the funny.
Mark Cuban: Yes, I realize he’s the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, but before he entered the jock-world Mark had both feet firmly panted in the internet nerd-world. His sagacity regarding the internet and media in general never fail to entertain and inform. Plus, he lacks any B.S. pretension, which is refreshing.
Neil Gaiman: You’ve heard me mention him before. Gaiman writes books, comics, movie scripts, radio-plays, and God knows what else. He blogs voraciously, even while working on concurrent projects. You’ll learn a lot about the process of writing over at his blog. (yeah”¦it’s a process. This doesn’t happen magically)
Warren Ellis: An amazing comic book writer and an active blogger. I wrangled over whether or not to include Warren on this list because I try to avoid linking to sites with egregious profanity or even small glimpses of nudity, both which occasionally appear on Warren’s blog. In the end artistry and entertainment won. Warren mixes vulgarity with intellectualism, and I think his blog is well worth checking out.
Josh Friedman: One of the two screenwriters who penned the “War of the Worlds” script. He’s got some funny posts about the inner-workings of Hollywood. He also introduced the world to “Snakes on a Plane,” which should qualify him for a life-time achievement award. (Try as I might, I couldn’t find a photo of Friedman)