Litblogger Ron Hogan, who writes Beatrice, launched a new blog this morning under the auspices of artsjournal.com, our illustrious host. It’s called Beatrix, and it’s not the same as Beatrice. I’ll let Ron explain the difference:
How did this season’s hot books generate their heat? And why do other novels surrounded by buzz turn into duds? Beatrix openly speculates about these questions in the form of a “book review review.” I’ll watch the major book reviewers to discern patterns of taste and/or critical strategy, and sometimes I’ll follow a book through the review matrix to see how opinions coalesce or wildly diverge. Occasionally, I’ll get the reviewers themselves to answer a few questions so we can learn more about where they’re coming from–maybe I’ll even find an author or two willing to review their reviewers….
Beatrice continues as an author-driven blog; in addition to gathering news items about various writers, it also includes original insights from them in the form of interviews, blog excerpts, and guest articles. My hope is that Beatrice and Beatrix will each be a standalone blog worthy of your attention…and although you don’t have to read them both, I hope you will.
We will. You should.
By the way, it’s been quite a while since I last explained the relationship of “About Last Night” to artsjournal.com, and we’re getting a whole lot of hits today on account of yesterday’s postings about Johnny Carson (yikes!). So here goes:
“About Last Night” is hosted by artsjournal.com, a daily digest of English-language arts and cultural journalism–news stories, reviews, commentaries–drawn from newspapers, magazines, Web sites, and blogs around the world. Ever since it was featured in the New York Times in 2003, artsjournal.com has become essential daily reading for art-conscious Web surfers everywhere.
A year and a half ago, artsjournal.com began launching a series of arts-related blogs, most but not all of them subject-specific. Scroll down to the bottom of the right-hand column and you’ll find descriptions of and links to all of these blogs, of which “About Last Night” was the first. It’s quite a portfolio, and worth your regular attention.
If you read “About Last Night” but don’t look at artsjournal.com, you’re missing a big bet. I check it out every morning. It’s how I know what’s going on in the world of art. Take a look. And while you’re at it, say hello to Beatrix for me.