With this post, I have now published more entries in half a year of 2009 than I did in the entirety of 2008. Woohoo! Here are this week’s newly added blogs.
I didn’t realize until recently that Doug McLennan, the brains behind the ArtsJournal empire, also had a blog of his own. Doug’s continual monitoring of over 200 publications might just make him the most informed individual in the arts, so his perspective is uniquely relevant as a crisis in the profession of journalism itself collides with hard times for the arts more generally.
The Hub Review
Thomas Garvey’s blog was one of my first Twitter discoveries: someone pointed me in the direction of his excellent anti-manifesto on the value-destroying properties of the internet, which is one of the most challenging and thoughtful pieces I’ve read all year. The Hub Review has a Boston focus and basically provides a space for this ex-Globe critic to keep up his craft. Garvey’s writing is professional and very, very prolific.
New Voices of Philanthropy
This promisingly-named blog is run by Trista Harris, executive director of the Headwaters Foundation for Justice. As you might imagine, Trista writes mostly about issues of generational change in the social sector, and frequently invites guest bloggers to contribute to the conversation (there was a whole raft of them for the recent Council on Foundations conference in Atlanta). Few things are closer to my heart at the moment than the need for a coherent cross-generational pipeline in philanthropy, so I am very grateful that Trista is leading the charge in that department.
New York Times Arts section
Yeah, you’d kinda think that I would have subscribed to this one by now. Yet surprisingly, I was never a regular reader of the Times arts pages until quite recently, despite their huge importance in driving the national discussion. I simply didn’t feel the need to, what with ArtsJournal and other aggregators picking up the bulk of the good stuff. Some food for thought for what the web is doing to original content generators. I’ve given you the link for everything, but you can filter down by discipline here as well. Better take advantage of it while you still can.