Puhl-leeze Salon

July 14, 2007

I’m somewhat of a devoted Salon reader. I remember when it was brand new and it had a feature called Beyond the Ivory Tower and regular columns from Ann Lamott. I have hung with it through redesigns and re-formats and some truly head up its ass election reporting. Now there are changes afoot that make me angry–and as a paying subscriber, I feel entitled to an opinion. I just said some of these things in a comment I left on Joan Walsh’s blog, but here’s a recap. First, they killed The Fix, my one and only gossip column. The rationale was that it was time to stop paying attention to celebutards when there are more important things to think about. A little bit preachy, but I could live. I no longer had money quotes and the latest updates about breeding habits of the rich and anorexic to sprinkle through my light hearted daily emails and chats, but I suppose that’s not really a necessity. When I started to get a little hot under the collar was when I saw lead writers devoting one and sometimes even two pages to extended analysis of the same crap that they deemed unworthy to summarize in a paragraph. Losing The Fix begat extended coverage of Paris’s petition for home confinement–a whole page by a lead writer that looked completely stupid the very next day when the judge sent her back to jail. Way to have social freaking relevance! Now, for similar reasons, Editor Walsh tells us they are axing Audiofile. I have thus lost an even more valuable source for keeping up on the good and better music out there, complete with free downloads. Again, the rationale has nothing to do with the expense of licensing the music, which I bet was minimal anyway b/c most of the artists they featured had free downloads on their website already, but with deciding to focus on more serious coverage. Give me a break! They’re planning on expanding the War Room, which is a gossipy, poorly designed blog that rarely seems to have anything compelling to say. And just in case you missed their daily for the last year coverage of an election that’s not until the end of next year, they are creating a whole Election ’08 page! Dear sweet Lord! Talk about encouraging bad habits–I personally don’t want to live in a world where every election starts three years ahead of time. Salon is disappointing me and giving up its niche. If I wanted hardcore insider pol gossip, I could go to the Daily Kos. If I wanted smug self-righteous snarkiness, I’d read Slate. Salon for me has tried to walk the balance between these things, but apparently that’s just not good enough for it any more. Yuck. As I also said in my letter, if I Like to Watch is next on the chopping block, you can consider this one subscription not renewed.

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Time to update

July 13, 2007

For those of you who have been chatting with me, you already know this: the med school jones has hit me again with a vengeance. Was this brought on by T-Fap’s recent appearance in the south Fla? Perhaps. Was it also brought on by having oodles more energy now that I’ve ditched hormonal birth control? Also, perhaps. But perhaps it’s a little piece of evidence that this idea is going to stick around. We’ll see.

Along with this jones has returned my jones for doctor blogs, and I was just cruising a few and seeing that most of them manage to update at least every other day. That made me feel lame. If an emergency medicine resident can update her blog on a regular basis, what the heck is my excuse?

In non-jonesing news, I just finished up my first round of work on the final Collection Development project, an evaluation of a small subject collection in my library. The first step is just to select the titles and then put all their vital info into a spreadsheet. That’s what I just got done. Fortunately, there were only 75 titles to list, but it still felt like a lot of copying and pasting. The subject I picked is, as the Library of Congress would call it, “Poetry–Authorship.” It includes titles such as Dissonance (if you are interested) by my poetry super-hero, Rosmarie Waldrop and Thirteen ways of looking for a poem :  a guide to writing poetry by Wendy Bishop and the utterly lamentable Writing light verse and prose humor, which was published in 1971 and under my watchful collection development eye I am going to recommend that its days be numbered. Drastically. As in, gone yesterday.

Not too much else to report. D passed his subject area exam for teaching (yay!) and has had his science classes switched to language arts classes. (Ha, the English major says.) I am using my Whole Foods discount like no tomorrow seeing as he has less than three weeks left. Truffle oil, WLNM recommends, and D concurs. So there might be some mushroom soup in our future.

I turned in my first story to fiction workshop. That’s all I’m going to say about that.

I’m really hungry! So I’m leaving the library for now, but I’m sure I’ll be back tomorrow, moving on to stage 2 of final project and sharing more personal tidbits with the universe because I am BLOGGER hear me ROAR.