For the latest Scrawl (2/14/09), go here.
Many people have been trying to figure out how to give writers more exposure to readers or how one gets to read good writers (and there are many) beyond the Editor's Picks and Most Highly Rated posts. Here's my hat into the ring. (See previous selections here, here, here, or here.)
Each evening after dinnertime, I'll start us out with my favorite posts of the day with small descriptors. While a selection by the Editors is not an absolute disqualification, I'll tend to avoid them. If you wish, you can go read them and perhaps come back and make a comment. Or better still, you can make a comment about a post you liked and I'll add it to the body of the post which should grow as the evening wears on (thus the"Crawl" part of the scrawl). Here goes.
Risa Denenberg: A Most Difficult Conversation Risa is just such a wonderful writer that even the Editors had to discover her sooner or later. Risa deserves the biggest possible stage. But we found her first!
mikek: Do Not Resuscitate Another difficult conversation, but one that most of us are going to have sooner or later.
Nurse PhD: Thank you, Mrs. Payson A compassionate story on the same subject.
catamitebastard: Tea and Toast Rounds out our quartet about age and loss and dignity and caring and ethical choices and love.
Steve Klingaman: Cato Institute: "With all due respect... I beg to differ" Changing subjects here, only a bit. An elegantly composed, devastating rebuttal of the Cato Institute Neanderthals (see, they are really OLD) on the subject of economic stimulus.
Mary King: Sexism, Misogyny and Misandry The author is as upset at sexism directed at men as at women. As a bonus, see her clips of Dylan and Joan Baez, Phil Ochs and more. Those were the days, my friend.
Susan Walsh: Are Women Cut Out to be Friends With Benefits? Well, those are clearly not the days no more. From the Summer of Love to the era of fringe benefits.
Rita Arens: Babies: A Four-Year Old's Point of View Supremely funny. From the author of the hilarious "The Nordstrom Salesgirl Stole My Bra."
mikelkpoet: When you're living in a submarine Superb writing. Some real poetry in time for Valentine's Day.
artmasters: Can You Dig It? If you didn't dig Jackson Pollock , maybe Aphrodisias will turn you on with some rare discoveries. "These folks are such a welcome addition to OS, promoting art and science and culture."
Picked by Greg Correll
Sheldon the Wonderhorse: I Need Me A Kick-Boxing Jesus "About an aspect of Jesus rarely discussed - was Jesus a good athlete? The story is good and the pictures are funny." Picked by ClosureIsaMyth
Lainey: Lincoln and Leprechauns "It starts out as a thoughtful piece about the value of reading, and then gets horrific!" Picked by mumbletypeg
Matthew DeCoursey: The Meaning of Meaning and the Golden Arches
" Homogeneity may not be as homogenous as we think. Thank god." Picked by mumbletypeg
scoubidou: The Mothman Properties "An interesting recap of the ever-fabulous mothman stories." Picked by mumbletypeg
Cynthia Johnston: INVISIBLE CHILDREN "A must read! (it is an editors pick, however, I think it needs a bump.)" Picked by Brie
Bailey Wo: Public Humiliation of Migrants In AZ; Git-Mo Scandal Worsens "It details human rights abuses in our backyard, particularly the mistreatment and debasement of prisoners." Picked by Smithbarney
Ted Burke: Compressed Dog walking with Christian Wiman "One of the greatest poets of our time. This is a gem. Don't miss it. Both the review and the poems---my favorite kind of poem: One I understand." Picked by Chicago Guy
Have good reads. And please make your suggestions to add to the list. No Daily Crawl on Friday (2/13/09). See you Saturday.
(If you like the idea, rate this post. That'll keep it on the feed, so others can read. Also might get it on Most Read, which'll get even more to read, and provide the People's Alternative to the Cover. Also, and perhaps more importantly, rate or comment on posts you visit to acknowledge, validate and encourage the writer.)