Geoffrey Philp, one of the very best bloggers, has given me a Friendship Around the World Award, and now I get to award it. I am very much honored to have won this award from Geoffrey Philp. I will not award it to any blogs on Philp’s list, although I would have chosen some of these blogs otherwise, especially POEFRIKA. I will try to award it to nobody to whom I have given an award to before, although I am not looking back. I am not listing blogs I have not actually communicated with, much though I may like them. I am not listing any blogs of people I met IRL first. I am trying to emphasize non U.S. blogs, although I am including some U.S. ones. I was born to be friends with MORPHOLOGICAL CONFETTI and the UNAPOLOGETIC MEXICAN but I have already given them too many awards. And they are in the United States, like AUTOMATIC PREFERENCE and the CHANGESEEKER, whom I would also have liked to include here. Finally, I am trying to avoid listing professors as much as possible, although I have included some, anyway. But that is how I am now snubbing HISTORIANN and the ANGRY PROFESSOR, both loyal Americans (voting Democratic next month!) who offered me shelter from Hurricane Ike. This list is in alphabetical order, with numbers first.
13 Stoploss. Has content and can write. This is a very understated recommendation.
A Room Of Our Own. By the first person I didn’t know to ever comment on my blog!
Antrobiótica. From México, D.F. No longer posting but still the most literate blog in the known universe.
Anxious Black Woman. She is a professor. If this is just her blog, what must her classes and books be like? I have given her blog an award before, but I cannot resist.
Choledad Privada. A humorously serious, non-academic and intelligent blog about race and culture, from the grass roots up, organized in Lima. It insists that we recognize our inner cholo, a concept the authors explain in person.
Dissent. Some of the very best professors, serious about teaching, research, politics, art. And they are having fun! It is as though a 19th century German research university had met a California community college and had a brood of children incorporating the best aspects of each.
Georgia Popplewell/Caribbean Free Radio. Great music, news, and cultural commentary from Port of Spain, that place which feels so much like home. Reach out and touch it.
Jennifer Cascadia Emphatic. Theory currently emanating from Western Australia. Bracing.
Honorable mentions go to Ridwan Laher in South Africa, Peru Food on one of the world’s great unknown cuisines, Sarhua, un sitio tan lleno de cultura y ternura que da ganas de llorar, and Tasneem Khalil, who speaks for himself, and whom I admire ustedes no saben cuánto.