Noted Here and There ...
Cliopatria and all history bloggers are deeply indebted to Sharon Howard for hosting and launching History Carnival #1 at Early Modern Notes. We also thank Instapundit's Glenn Reynolds for noticing and promoting it. Go, feast, enjoy.
In"The Gay Emancipator? What's Wrong with The Intimate World of Abraham Lincoln" at Slate and"What Stuff!" in The New Republic, David Greenberg of Rutgers and Christine Stancell of Princeton subject C. A. Tripp's book to the tough review that it deserves. Philip Nobile's scathing attack on the book originally appeared in the Weekly Standard. It is encouraging that, when Nobile's attack reappeared at History News Network, the discussion of it was more responsible than yesterday's HNN bar-fights. As historians like Barry Bergen of Gallaudette join HNN's discussions, they become increasingly worthy public debate of historical issues.
Speaking of HNN bar-fights, have a look at what's been going on among our friends over at Liberty & Power. Begin with Rod Long's post and the 64 comments it generated. Of course, that's no where near my record 165 slug-fest with HNN's gun lovers. Jeez, the recollection of it almost makes me nostalgic for the good old days at HNN. But a bar-fight is highly unusual for our libertarian neighbors. Best of all, then scroll up through the subsequent posts and watch mature adults resolve the issues among themselves. Here's to Liberty & Power!
I've said it before and I'll say it again: If you need a good laugh, there is no better place than a visit with Mr. Sun. Some of my political friends disagree. They think Fafblog is the cat's meow. I like it in small doses. Mr. Sun's my healthy addiction.
Finally, given the odd reactions in the Provincial Left at Crooked Timber to the Brass Crescent Awards for Muslim blogs, we may have to relent (I almost said"repent") and establish a separate award competition for the Blog Most Expert in That Which Does Not Exist.
Ralph E. Luker - 1/15/2005
Right, Brian. But it's interesting that no one raised objection to the Asian Blog Awards or the Koufax Awards as excluding others. Ophelia would equally object to Jewish, Christian, Hindu, or Buddhist blog awards. She would equally object to Crooked Timber's suggestion that it is a good thing to explore what one doesn't know much about.
Brian Ulrich - 1/15/2005
I'm surprised no one thought of the most obvious reply to Ophelia's comment: There are Muslim blog awards because someone decided to start some. There are not Christian ones because no one has started any. That could be rectified today. Welcome to the entrepeneurial, democratic nature of the blogosphere.