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January 3, 2012

Blogs to Read in 2012

Looking back at the blogs I loved over the past year, it's easy to see where my passions lie: books, music, food, and comics.

Along with my 2011 list, 2010 list and 2009 list, these are the blogs I most recommend to friends, family, and blog readers, and constitute my favorites.

Feel free to add your own favorite blog (or blogs) in the comments.


Brain Pickings

Brain Pickings is my current favorite source for smart online content on the arts and sciences.

notable posts:

Advice to Sink in Slowly: Designers Share Wisdom with First-Year Students in Poster Series
Philip K. Dick on Beauty, Suffering, and the Nature of the Universe


Cartoon Movement

Cartoon Movement is the seminal political cartoon and comics journalism website.

notable posts:

State of Palestine by Sarah Glidden
What Every Woman Should Know by Susie Cagle


The Contextual Life

The Contextual Life is a culture blog that smartly covers books, film and music, and also features my go-to NYC literary event calendar.

notable posts:

On the Shelf: My New York Diary by Julie Doucet
What to Watch: Page One: Inside the New York Times


Eating the Beats

Eating the Beats pairs food and music in unconventional ways, featuring recipes inspired by musical artists as well as cooking with the bands themselves.

notable posts:

DIY Pop-Tarts with The Shondes (Inspired by Pat Benatar)
Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese (Inspired by Joni Mitchell)


Glazed and Confused

A Tumblr devoted to donuts, with possibly the best blog name ever. My life is complete.

notable posts:

New Year's Raise-olutions
Donut; Donutness


katechristensen

Kate Christensen, a writer I greatly admire, has started a food blog. Each story has a recipe, each recipe a story.

notable posts:

She wheeled her wheelbarrow through streets broad and narrow
I'm standing in the middle of life with my past behind me


On the Lit Mat

On the Lit Mat is a bi-weekly author interview series conducted by Other Press editor Corinna Barsan at The Magazine of Yoga that covers writers' creative processes and inspirations.

notable posts:

Emma Straub
Eleanor Henderson


Open Culture

http://www.openculture.com/ consistently curates an odd and wonderful collection of free internet media (audio,video, movies).

notable posts:

Free Orson Welles Films
A Young Frank Zappa Plays the Bicycle on The Steve Allen Show (1963)


Page Views

The New York Daily News book blog may be less than a month old, but it has become one of my favorite sites for literary news and opinion.

notable posts:

Two Michiko Kakutanis?! Things get weird as another Tweeter claiming to be the book critic appears
Occupy New Year's Eve With a Book


The Record

Edited by one of my favorite music writers, Ann Powers, The Record is an NPR music blog "about how people find, make, buy, share and talk about music."

notable posts:

The Year in Pop and Profanity
John Congleton: Meet Indie Rock's Unsung Hero Of 2011


Write Place, Write Time

Authors share photos and a description of their writing space at Write Place, Write Time, and offer rare and often intimate insight into their lives.

notable posts:

Jami Attenberg
Joe Hill


also at Largehearted Boy:

Blogs to Read in 2011
Blogs to Read in 2010
Bloggers to Read in 2009

52 Books, 52 Weeks (weekly book reviews)
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly comics highlights)
Book Notes playlists (authors create music playlists for their book)
Daily Downloads (free and legal daily mp3 downloads)
guest book reviews
Largehearted Word (weekly new book highlights)
lists
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtracks)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from the week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists


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