To your right (if you are viewing the standard edition of Time’s Flow Stemmed) is my blogroll, an old (by web standards) custom whereby a blogger recommends other blogs. I read each of the blogs in my sidebar, usually through Mr Reader on my iPad. I follow many others, but those in my sidebar I follow diligently hoping to participate in a conversation. I fail to comment as much as I’d like, but I love them all dearly for what they provide, whether cultural curation, writing about books or challenging the way I look at literature, and indirectly at life.
The blogroll is subject to change, not because I’ve fallen out with a blogger, but because I find myself skipping their posts; our literary or musical or cultural pathways have diverged too far. It isn’t personal, and I am possibly following them in other ways (on Twitter or WordPress for instance). Many of the blogs I used to follow, for all sorts of reasons, are less active these days or dormant. With conversations increasingly taking place on Twitter, blogging can feel like shouting into the void these days. At one point I considered renaming this blog to “Comments (0)”.
In each case, I recommend you investigate what these blogs have to offer. To ease your exploration I provide a link to my favourite content from each blog over this last year. Each of these posts provoked an action (usually a book purchase) or offered me a fresh perspective.
A Piece of Monologue
That Other Word
On John William’s Stoner: “He felt his inadequacy to the goal he had so recklessly chosen…”
In this case start with the most recent post and work in any direction. This sprawling smorgasbord of poetry, music and links rewards exploration.
Dolly Delightly reviews books that gets ignored from the literary blogs I follow, and writes like a dream.
Richard Burton: An actor with a scholarly appetite for learning
Caravana De Recuerdos
On Marguerite Duras’ Moderato cantabile
Danny Byrne Blog
The Walk, by Robert Walser
On Rainer Maria Rilke’s The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge: “He died a hard death.”
Frances Farmer is My Sister
Start at the beginning with My Vomitous Blog Manifesto and stop reading when you are fainting with sleep or starvation.
I was not born in English
Magda Kappa writes beautifully, poignantly.
in lieu of a field guide
Coetzee’s lecture novel
Mr. Interpolation’s original contribution to scholarship
About Arkady and Boris Strugatsky’s Roadside Picnic: We don’t notice things change
lightning rods by helen dewitt
I think of Michelle as my literary twin. If she loves a book, it is pretty much a certainty I will feel the same way. Heroines – Kate Zambreno (first thoughts)
A bibliography for The Faith of the Faithless
So pleased that I discovered Helen’s blog, a joyful writer and good photographer.
The smallness of what we can gather
So Many Books
Some History of Greek Tragedy
Tangerine and Cinnamon
Unlike the others on my blogroll, Sarah Emily’s blog is about food, eating, and cooking. There are a lot of awful food blogs catering for that odd breed, the foodie. Tangerine and Cinnamon is an exceptionally good food blog. The weekly links are also well researched and chosen.
A world in your coffee cup
The Complete Review
Essential and wide-ranging, but you knew that anyway.
Life Form by Amélie Nothomb
I can’t always keep up with Steve’s mind, but enjoy the exhilaration of trying.
Apostle of impassioned sincerity: My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgaard
My favourite publisher’s blog. I could spend my time reading only Verso books.
Books of the Year—As Chosen by Verso
why not burn books?
Don’t miss David Winters’ reviews, curated on his blog. David is the brightest literary critic I know and read.