With Our Girl gone, I’ve been consoling myself by working on the right-hand column. In addition to updating the “Teachout in Commentary” and “Second City” modules with fresh links, I also undertook a major revision of “Sites to See,” the “About Last Night” blogroll. I’ve added a bunch of new blogs, as well as replacing a few old ones that either got knocked off inadvertently or were temporarily inactive, and I’ve also reorganized some of the categories under which the blogs are listed. We’ll be doing some compensatory pruning in the next few days, and you can also expect some new Top Fives shortly. (For those who wrote to tell me that the link to my new Commentary essay on Haydn was broken, it’s fixed now.)
Here are the “Sites to See” categories, from top to bottom:
– ART LINKS: Web sites (including artsjournal.com, “About Last Night”‘s invaluable host) that provide regularly updated links to English-language news stories and commentary about the arts.
– ART BLOGS: Blogs that are primarily (but not always exclusively) about the arts. We don’t break them out into different art forms–i.e., books, music, whatever–because we want to encourage interdisciplinary surfing.
– MEDIA/GOSSIP: Blogs and Web sites about the media and/or gossip (duh).
– PUBLICATIONS: Mainstream media Web sites, usually with substantial art-related content. (Whenever possible, we link directly to the arts pages of these sites.)
– RADIO: Art-related sites devoted to specific radio shows or hosted by radio stations. (This one’s new.)
– ARTIST SITES: Non-blog sites with frequently updated content maintained by artists and performers who interest us. (This is new, too.)
– CRITIC SITES: Ditto, only for critics.
– USEFUL SITES: Mostly reference-type sites about the arts and related subjects, plus a couple of on-line stores we like.
– OTHER BLOGS: Interesting blogs and bloggish sites that are not primarily arts-oriented.
Our Girl and I encourage you to comment on “Sites to See.” Bear in mind, though, that we’re mainly interested in hearing about artblogs and art-related sites that we haven’t yet discovered, or gotten around to blogrolling. We’re especially eager to build up “Radio Sites” as quickly as possible, and we also want to blogroll all the best arts pages of America’s regional newspapers.
If you have a new or underappreciated artblog that you think our readers might find interesting, feel free to send us your URL. Please don’t ask us to exchange links, though–we don’t do that. If your blog looks interesting to us, we’ll keep an eye on it, and if it remains both interesting and active, we’ll add it to “Sites to See.”
Now, go visit a blog you’ve never read before.