Introducing ‘What To Read’

I have several articles on my notepad for the time to come, but for some reason, none of them will allow themselves to be written at the moment. Partly for that reason, I’m happy to introduce What To Read, a guide to what I’m reading while waiting for my creative oomph to return.

As I hope regular readers have noticed already, I’m kind of passionate about things. And since I don’t want to be alone with my passions – be they politics, pop culture, media criticism, gender issues, music, soccer or anything else – I’ve decided to gather up a collection of noteworthy links and stories for our common enjoyment. At the same time, I’m also taking a stab at greater transparency: By reading what I’m reading, you should be better equipped to understand why I reach the conclusions expressed in my writing. (Not that I expect anybody to be that interested) Also, thisĀ  feature will probably keep me from writing political columns on the blog.

You can find the Week 29 edition of What To Read here, or at the top of the page.

Finally, a note on my political and cultural horizon: Being a proud leftist, I’ll probably pick many of my recommended pieces from publications that share my general political outlook. All I can promise you is that I will do my best to make sure that my interest in well-reasoned, well-written and opinionated political journalism will itself keep me from recommending bland or predictable partisan stuff. Still, brace for more links to New York Times columnists than to the editorial staff at The Weekly Standard. On pop culture, favorites like Slate, Salon and New York Magazine’s Vulture blog will probably frequent mentions. They’re just that good.

Any suggestions? Use the comments section, or email me at

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5 Responses to Introducing ‘What To Read’

  1. jay says:

    I always like to check out Vanity Fair , I think i got into it through the Hollywood Issues , and they have had a fair few leo covers in thier time , Im sure they will have a Logan L cover or feature soon too .

    I brought the Heath issue , good article I thought.It also had a sara palin feature which was interesting too .

    • queerlefty says:

      Vanity Fair is an exceptionally interesting magazine, much for the very reasons you mentioned. They’re excellent as this sort of narrative journalism, and they offer enough space for their writers to do some actual reflections and/or reporting. Also, it handles its schizophrenia very well. On the one hand, a deeply-sourced Sarah Palin exposay, on the other an equally well-written and authoritative account not only of Ledger’s last, but also of the roller-coaster career of Terry Gilliam.

  2. poeticgrin says:

    I’m so excited! This is a great idea and I look forward to what I am sure will be an educational experience for me based on your recommendations.

  3. poeticgrin says:

    Have to add that I’m also excited to see that you are on Twitter. I’ll be joining you soon. :)

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