1. I like the way 2008 is going. I woke up New Years Day (just a little groggy) to find my first-ever newspaper book review in the Philly Inquirer, and tonight I am very proud to have written a short article about Pakistan and USA television news coverage for the Huffington Post. The headline is ‘Inanity Still Rules The Airwaves‘.
I’m especially thrilled about this because I have long wanted to write about political issues, and have even been “practicing” on a not-very-well-publicized political blog, which I call The Cherry Orchard. I find political writing much more hazardous than literary criticism or creative writing, but the ideas I want to express feel very important to me. That’s why I’m honestly very pleased that the Huffington Post (which is, in my opinion, the most lively source of raw up-to-the-nanosecond political news and analysis available, and is the first place I always check when I want to know what’s going on) considers a few paragraphs of my political pontification worth publishing. Okay, enough of me blubbering about this; please go check me out mouthing off about Pervez Musharraf and American television journalism and tell me what you think.
2. Fish gotta swim, bloggers gotta blog. Countless fans of the exemplary literary analyst Ed Champion are glad to see that he has resurrected his blog, which is now going by the name Filthy Habits. Indeed.
3. Poets: our Action Poetry section will be back in action this week.