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Kevin Wolf

It's a heckuva problem. How to get the MSM to act with more independence.

Tough to say, since they are in no way independent. They're corporate media.

blue girl

Lance? Um, why would I have to browse through your archives when I have all of your most important writings memorized?

Observations of coffee pots, tap water is political, Uma of course, your old girlfriend's dad not liking you, the unrelenting posts about naked women, the never ending posts about Law & Order, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera!

Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got a pitcher of martinis that needs attention.

C'mon over to Blue Girl's Friday Afternoon Before A Holiday Weekend Dance Party! You're all invited!

(I hope that worked -- I'm new at high tech invites.)

blue girl

I also meant to mention...

No one from the corporate media will be at my party.

It's only for cool people.

Neddie Jingo

Hey! I got Boehlert's book, too, sent by the publisher in the hope of a review (which I will certainly provide when I've digested a bit).

Man, this blogging is great! Nobody used to send me free books! Look at me, Ma! I'm a Pundit!

Just got an advance copy of Helen Thomas' new one yesterday.

I think I'll have truly Arrived, though, when I get bound galleys. Maybe I'll start insisting on that instead.


How do you get on these publishers' lists?

Chris Clarke

And another question: If I replied in the affirmative to the publicist's query about sending me my review copy of Lapdogs and I haven't gotten it yet, what the fuck?

Neddie, the bound galleys are fun, but you can't quote from them in your reviews or you won't get any more.

Ken Muldrew

"Or the archives of any of your other regular blog reads?"

A while back I went looking through the archives of Brad DeLong's blog for a remembrance of Abraham Lincoln by Frederick Douglass.

The whole text is here:

I had been interrupted when I started and it wasn't until a couple of months later that something made me realize I had wanted to go back and finish it. I found a lot of other good stuff while searching as well.

Lance, keep your archives. They may not be used frequently, but when they are, I'll wager they give someone enough pleasure to justify the work that goes into creating them. Nietzsche was wrong ("Burned all my notebooks").


I don't want to frighten you or anything, but I'm fairly certain I've read through your whole archives, and I certainly didn't read them all live at the time.

I think both the style of the writer, and when the reader comes to the site, determines if they read the archives or not. A political writer like Atrios is so much about the moment that archives are outside consideration. But I remember going through a lot of Somerby's archives when I first went to his site. Which makes me think that long-ish posts that explore topics in more depth, are more prone to encourage users to browse through archives.

Archives -- especially topic ones -- are an interesting ways to get a throughline of someone's posts on that topic. Heather Armstrong's was one that caught me that way. Browsing through an archive of her baby posts, or her family posts, were involving -- even when some of the same posts appeared again in different contexts. The Eurotrash blog (, when it was active, led to archive reading as well, for throughlines about her family interactions. And Dave's Long Box ( should be read in its entirety by any thinking, breathing adult or child.

Also, writers who have regularly appearing characters (the same way Mike Royko had his regular characters in his column) tend to be better suited to archive reading as well. It's always nice when the Blonde makes a transitory appearance, for example, or is the subject of a post.

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