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An academic's opinions on feminism, politics, literature, philosophy, teaching, academia, and a lot more.

Link Sharing Thread, Part I

Reader Tim made a brilliant suggestion that a link sharing thread be established on this blog. To start things off, I will list (in alphabetical order) my absolutely most favorite blogs. These are the blogs that I check even when I’m on vacation. If any one of them closed down, I’d be seriously unhappy. What they all have in common is that their authors can be counted on to offer an original perspective on the issues they address.

¡Bemsha SWING! – when I first discovered this blog by a noted scholar of Spanish literature, I was convinced it was written by a grad student. One rarely encounters such an enthusiasm for scholarship in somebody who received tenure a long time ago.

Michael Alan Miller – If you are a blogger, I suggest you visit this blog whenever you run out of ideas for blog posts. Mike is brilliant at finding interesting links and commenting them in his trademark sarcastic and insightful way.

Nominatissima – this is a blog by a brilliant young woman who is an advocate for the rights of autistics and a very interesting person who has a lot to say.

Northern Gaijin – this blog is run by a fellow Canadian who is a fount of fascinating information on all the latest developments in North American politics. He also publishes beautiful posts on his home city of Toronto and shares great pictures of his Toronto life. I always learn something new whenever I read this blog.

Stupid Motivational Tricks – if you are a writer or an academic whose research is not what it should be, this is a blog for you. I have culled pages of useful advice from this blog and now reread them whenever my enthusiasm for writing is flagging.

Teaching college – level Spanish, and other issues – don’t be put off by the blog’s serious title. Its author, a scholar from Argentina, has a lot to say about politics, dating, movies, cultural differences, interactions with students, feminism, and many other things. And she says it in a way that is very Argentinean even though she blogs in English.

Those whose blogs I haven’t mentioned in this post, not to worry. This is just the first installment of our link-sharing thread.

Feel free to add the links of your favorite blogs (which can never be as much of a favorite as Clarissa’s blog, of course.) Links to your own blog are welcome. It will be appreciated if people add a few words on what makes the blog in question special to the link.

In the next post of this series, I will share links to the blogs I read because I often disagree with them.


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15 thoughts on “Link Sharing Thread, Part I

  1. Clarissa, thanks so much for the honor. Today you appeared on my parents’ computer “most visited” that you get when you open Google Chrome.

    When I started the blog, I had no idea what it would become, nor what I would want to blog about, so I paid no attention to the title. IT’s a little misleading, but I don’t think it’s very important now.


    • No, I think the title makes a lot of sense. People need to know that Hispanists are a fun bunch who have many widely varied interests and van talk about stuff other than grading and grammar exercises. 🙂


  2. You are absolutely right.


  3. The gems in my feed reader, aside from Clarissa’s Blog;

    David Brin’s Contrary Brin for an optimistic yet pragmatic outlook on the future
    Dale Carrico’s Amor Mundi for a healthy skepticism on futurism and the like
    Blended Purple and J. H. Kunstler’s Clusterfuck Nation for scary stories about the future
    Broadsnark, a must-read
    Copyleft Music: Unsigned Artists for entertainment that’s not illegal
    EconLog, because I disagree with it, and to a lesser degree, Winton Bates’ Freedom and Flourishing
    Freedom to Tinker
    Impudent Strumpet and laura k’s wmtc
    Man’s Greatest Mistake pretty much sums up how I feel about cars, and to a slightly lesser degree, Death by Car
    Valkyrie Ice’s Musings of a Demon-ted Mind and Summer Speaker’s Queering the Singularity are both good compromises between transhumanism and basic human decency
    Mercedes Allen’s Dented Blue Mercedes and the group effort Questioning Transphobia somehow manage to walk a certain tightrope and not get sucked into either of two particular warring factions
    Reports from a Resident Alien
    Jack Saturday‘s anti-work blog


  4. el on said:

    *Recommended blogs* (Note: when I write “politics” it’s usually economical issues too):
    Several bloggers: US politics, feminism, Amanda’s posts about her vegetarian cooking (weekly). First big blog I started to follow.
    Also several bloggers. Great posts about politics, feminism, else. F.e. now is a series of posts RE “A Literary Canon of Women Writers”.
    Former school teacher, left and now is in another occupation. Politics and music videos.

    ***More blogs, which I read more rarely:***
    Very nice blog, worth to check: she writes about politics, videos, feminism.
    Warning: great writing style, but is very pessimistic. Clarissa, if you read his blog, do you think he exaggerates?
    Writen by Erin Solaro, author of
    “Women in the Line of Fire: What You Should Know About Women in the Military” is the first serious book to be published since 9/11 on the issue of women in the military, or in combat
    about US politics, feminism, middle east (Israel).
    Agree or disagree, I think it’ll give food for thought.
    Posts on topics like “Women who hunt: An examination of gender roles”, “Appropriating Yoga
    “, book & movie reviews. The downside is that many posts end with “What do you think?”, but since few comment…

    More later!

    Clarissa, can you please put in the future some links to blogs discussing poetry (you mentioned somebody once) and books, if you read any?


  5. Thanks for the link support! I’m honoured to be thought of as “brilliant”.


  6. I will name another of my favorites here:

    I think all the others that I frequent that are of ‘general interest’ I have already mentioned somewhere here, and I am on a computer that I don’t really understand for the next few weeks, so I am not going to risk typing in URL’s that I cannot figure out how to copy and paste.

    The others I read are either blogs of friends who may consider their blogs private, blogs about polyamory, specifically, etc.


  7. Anonymous on said:



  8. I checked out the links everybody left and many of them are absolutely brilliant. Thank you, everybody!

    I’m especially happy about this great blog from a fellow anti-driving blogger.


  9. el on said:

    *More blogs – this time not only politics*
    Great POETRY Blog, which functioned since 1999 to 2007. This describes it well:
    A poem a day, complete with analysis, criticism, biographical info, literary anecdotes, trivia, and our own skewed sense of humour 🙂

    I started reading its’ archives and literally couldn’t stop. Sometimes comments add a lot too, but the analysis, bio info in posts & poems are *great* by themselves.

    Clarissa, if you want to check poetry – it’s very good and I would love to hear your opinion.
    Like “The Wondering Minstrels” it stopped functioning (existed: 2005-2009). Unfortunately, because of untimely death of its’ owner, Al Weisel, a journalist.
    Jon Swift used irony, wit and sarcasm plus considerable research in many posts. His use of it was in one way devastating. But it wasn’t brutal.
    Quoted From:
    I read his archives and couldn’t stop laughing, which is very rare for me. On the left in “Archived Posts” links you can check “Best of Jon Swift”. Pulling off Jon Swift The Satirist role isn’t easy, yet he succeeded.

    If anybody knows other somewhat similar to his blogs, I would be glad to hear.
    Ferretbrain is an easy-going, irreverent e-zine about stuff – we publish reviews, essays, opinion pieces, podcasts and whatever else we thought was cool at the time.
    Book & movie reviews, thoughts on pop culture, etc. Go to Articles: By Theme tab for more info (short explanation of each theme).
    History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present
    An Associate Professor in the History Department, the author of “Abraham in Arms: War and Gender in Colonial New England” (2007) and several scholarly articles and book chapters on early American women’s and gender history.
    I rarely visit it, but thought other Profs, like Clarissa, may like it.
    Imo, only if you’re interested in science fiction and fantasy. From About Me tab:
    I write about anything that interests me: mostly my reading (you can get a sense of my tastes from my Amazon wish list), TV, and film, in and out of genre in all cases. I also sometimes write about reviewing and genre fandom, religion, politics (rarely) and myself (very rarely).


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