Marginal Footnotes

Reclaiming the Blog, Take Two
November 4, 2006, 7:34 pm
Filed under: Blog

I recognize that I’ve been completely negligent with respect to maintaining the blog, often for very poor reasons (laziness, lack of interest) since I’m not particularly swamped with other areas of my life.  Work is fine, but not overwhelming; my social life leaves a tad to be desired; I’m finally settled back into Washington.

I’ll make a more robust effort at contributing meaningful and/or interesting comment on the site.  As usual, feel free to contact me with suggestions or observations, and of course, comments always welcome.



About the New Header
September 25, 2006, 7:33 pm
Filed under: Blog, Uncategorized

The photograph in the header is of the famous Cafe Hawelka in Vienna, which opened in 1939 and was a favorite haunting ground for the young John Irving (among others) while he was implementing his voluntary exile in Austria.

The Hawelka melange, a coffee drink involving frothed milk and a tinge of whipped cream which you apparently just must get! while in Vienna, is probably the best in the city, or so they tell me (it was tasty).


Back from Hiatus
September 11, 2006, 4:03 pm
Filed under: Blog, Uncategorized

Dear Reader,

After a bit of a time-out, I’ve decided to reinitiate the blog. Also, I am unemployed in Boston, MA. If you know anyone who’s hiring, please let me know. 



Hillary Clinton, Peter Daou, and the Lefty Blogtomatons
June 27, 2006, 2:20 pm
Filed under: Blog, Elections, Media, Midterm Elections, Politics, Uncategorized

First, congratulations to Peter Daou on his big, huge gig with the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign (I know, I know: she hasn’t announced (yet)). Says Daou:

I have been offered – and accepted – what I believe is a unique opportunity to help close the triangle: joining Senator Clinton’s team as a blog advisor to facilitate and expand her relationship with the netroots.  

The Hillary circle is notoriously difficult to penetrate, so the Daou tappage signals that the Hillaryistas are fully cognizant of the potential electoral irritation of lefty, anti-Hillary blogarrhea.  I remember when Peter Daou, after the Kerry loss in 2004 for which he worked as an internet advisor, started The Dauo Report, which summarized chatter on blogs in a so-stultifyingly-simple-it’s-genius formulation (righty bloggers on the right-hand side, lefty bloggers left, centrist bloggers center, etc.). I sent him an email at the time congratulating him on his genius and for simplifying my blog expeditions, to which he responded with a gracious ‘thanks!’. Later The Daou Report moved to Salon and I stopped reading it because of those silly ads Salon insists on making its readers navigate before reading its content.

Daou is of course well-respected in the liberal blogiverse, so I wonder what the reaction will be from the Daily Kos confederation, the majority of whose members, including the fearless leader himself, have made their hysterical despisal of Sen. Clinton known.  I might satisfy my curiousity by checking out The Daily Kos, but, like Marty Peretz, I prefer to be ill-informed about the commentary there. It makes speculation and mockery easy. My views on Markos’ views on Hillary Clinton are here.


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Regarding the Lack of Posting
June 14, 2006, 9:05 pm
Filed under: Blog, Personal, Uncategorized

I do apologize to the four of you who occasionally read this blog and the other random folks who have stopped by on their way elsewhere, but I'm currently embroiled in the quagmire of my dissertation, which is going so-so.  I probably picked a bad time to start the blog.  

If anyone out there wants to fill in for me, drop me a line.  You know the number.


May 24, 2006, 5:25 pm
Filed under: Blog, Uncategorized

For the three of you who read this site, and I may be exaggerating there, posting is going to be a little light for the next couple of days until I can catch up on some work I'm doing to wrap up the end of the semester here.