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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: May 25, 2009 @ 1:35 pm

    The art of . . . blogging

    Fiona McCann

    Blogging. It’s arts and culture, innit? I’ve seen the prettiest pictures on blogs, and am lately finding the most wonderful words. Turns out that when it comes to culture, the internet’s holding its own, and bloggers are an excellent way in to all things arty. Take George Szirtes on Picasso, frinstance, an artful post bolstered by a comment thread of poets. Or Annie Rhiannon’s compelling road-trip photographs, or this little dandy with the stated aim of shedding “some light on many of the small influences that have converged to make this massive project (Spike Jonze’s feature film rendition of Maurice Sendak’s classic story Where The Wild Things Are) a reality”. And then there are moments of poetry that almost stop you in your click on clicking and give you something the internet rarely does, pause. Any recommendations for other online arts and culture?

    • My current favourite for pictures (moving or otherwise) is
      http://www.alwaysreadthesmallprint.com

      and my still favourite for words (often moving as well) is
      http://www.kenwriting.com/

    • Stan says:

      BibliOdyssey for old books and illustrations.

      WFMU’s Beware of the Blog for music, audio and assorted oddities.

      The Rest is Noise for mostly classical music.

      The Big Picture for topical photography.

      Wooster Collective for street art.

      Cinematical for film.

      Pink Tentacle for Japanese culture, old and new.

      Strange Maps for strange maps.

      BLDGBLOG for architecture and spatial design.

    • Annie says:

      I’m culture now? Cowabunga!

    • Lorraine Tansey says:

      I am disappointed on the lack of coverage for the Galway Volvo Ocean Race Stopover. The two week festival is full of stories: a city wide Art Trail, street art and performers delighting families, interactive Volvo Ocean Race Experience activities, 10,000 school children tour and education programme, 1,000 volunteers at the face of the event, an international sporting extravaganza, a sailing programme for people with disabilities, a vast array of music performances, and everything is free. All this and much much more and we can’t even get the cover of the Times. Its appalling how despite this incredible opportunity creative journalism is lacking. Is it because the two-week festival is beyond the pale?

    • Fiona says:

      VHC and Stan: Thanks for the recommendations. I’ll be busy clicking for hours now.

      Annie: Yes, you are culture girl. Culture country girl – how do you like that?

      Lorraine: Having recently covered the Cuirt festival in Galway, I can tell you that festivals “beyond the pale” certainly do get coverage in this newspaper. Obviously, not every festival gets in to the print version, though many others get into the blog, so at least now the Galway Volvo Ocean Race Stopover has!

    • I like the idea of being a pause. I’ll take that as the highest possible compliment, Fiona.

    • Mise says:

      The Book Depository blog is a good read:
      http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/blog


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