Five Favorite Nonlegal Blogs

Thanks to Ann Bartow for this prompt; here are my picks:

1. Bookforum: David Brooks recently announced that “Maximum status goes to the Gladwellian heroes who occupy the convergence points of the Internet infosystem — Web sites like Pitchfork for music, Gizmodo for gadgets, Bookforum for ideas, etc.” It’s the one blog I never miss.

2. Glenn Greenwald: If the Democrats lose the presidency for the third time in a row, it will be because they failed to listen to Greenwald. He’s also the best media critic we have, since he eschews the mealymouthed “on-the-one-hand, on-the-other” neutrality that is the hallmark of today’s laziest reporting.

3. Ezra Klein: Anyone who gets their talking points on health care from Tyler Cowen, Megan McArdle, Richard Epstein, or other “market=magic” commentators ought to be forced to write Klein’s posts on the topic on a blackboard. Three times. Here’s one to start with.

4.Threat Level (Wired): Great collection of timely and meaty posts on tech issues.

5. Crooked Timber: Good collection of philosophers and social scientists discussing current events. Here’s a sample post.

I recently gave a talk at the Annenberg School of Communications, and after reflecting on some great scholarship coming out of there, I want to try to do more to read blogs in the fields of communications studies, philosophy, humanities, sociology, and anthropology. Any suggestions?

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