Yes, I have eliminated the links on the right side altogether. Not that they were doing anyone any good: It was pointed out to me several times that the link to the "Economists for Dean" blog was no longer active -- no kidding, my links to "Actuaries for Mondale-Ferraro" and "Anthropologists for Harkin"are expired also! (I linked to that blog originally because of the wise comments of the person known as "praktike," who now writes mostly at ChezNadezhda.) I was also reminded that my link to Kevin Drum was at "calpundit," an identity he shed when he took charge of the Washington Monthly blog. I would have kept that for sentimental reasons, though, because I remember that when this blog jumped from several dozen readers into the hundreds and low thousands, the moment was marked with an email, which I think came from praktike,and which I recall word for word. It said, "I see calpundit has linked to you. Now you will start feeling the love."
I always assume that this is not anyone's first blog so my links don't matter. But that's not always the case, there are people who come here who don't know some of the other remarkable sources of informed opinion on the left side of the web. So I will soon rebuild the list, ideally with some links that are not obvious and, as DeLong would say, "subvert the dominant link hierarchy."
In the meantime, two links, neither to a blog, that I have bookmarked ecently:
-- Overheard in New York is what it is. If you enjoyed "Stan Mack's Real Life Funnies" in the Village Voice years ago, this is basically a dozen over-the-top Stan Macks a day. This site manages to satisfy about 70% of what I miss about living in New York, which is basically the lunacy of the place and the fact that for all the variety of languages and everything else, no sentences include the phrases "paygo" or "chairman's mark."
and from Z-100 to NPR:
-- a few weeks ago I was in a used bookstore and seriously considered buying the four volumes+ index Dictionary of the History of Ideas. When I got back to my office, I thought I would check whether the price was right, and found that the entire 1973 edition is online. It's not up to date, and a very expensive new edition is available that promises to be more "global and gender inclusive." The 1973 edition, though, is sort of an encapsuation of the pre-postmodern , Dead White Male vision of intellectual history, and fascinating within those constraints.It's a little bizarre to call it a dictionary, though, the definition of topics being very arbitrary. "Analogy of the Body Politic," for example, is a very interesting entry, but how would you know that was what you were looking for? -- Searching by author is particularly rewarding -- look for Isaiah Berlin, Herbert Butterfield, Kenneth Arrow, Jaroslav Pelikan, etc.
And please feel free to harass me if I don't get a new blogroll and reading list up by mid-April. Thanks.