Okay, it’s time for the second annual Koufax awards! These are the awards for “left-wing blogs” in particular (last year, I won the award for best blog design).
My favorite thing about these awards is that – hopefully – it’s a chance for folks to highlight great posts from 2003 that we’ve all forgotten about. There’s a tendency for the blogoverse to have a very short memory….
Anyhow, head on over there to make nominations, if you want to (note that we’re not voting yet – just making nominations – but not every nomination will make it to the voting ballot, so if you like something that’s already been nominated, re-nominate it yourself). You’re allowed to nominate more than one thing per catagory, if you want to. And if you’re a blogger, you’re encouraged to nominate yourself – in particular, for the “best post,” “best series,” and “best new blog” catagories.
Here are my nominations. I really suggest following the links, if you have time – these posts are really great reads, imo.
Best Single Post (I’ve emphasized posts that are over a few months old here, since I think people may have forgotten about some of these)
- I’ll probably vote for “So Great a Cloud of Witnesses,” from Ladysisyphus’ Livejournal. But here are some other posts I’ve enjoyed this year…
- Alas a Blog, The Absent Fatso. (Self-promotion? Me? Never.)
- Alas a Blog, Why does the Republican party oppose banning late-term abortions? (I’d never self-promote, honest!).
- Very Very Happy’s defense of France.
- Pedantry, An alternative to normative liberal political theory” part two.
- Alas, a Blog, “Where are the Feminists?” (post by Bean)
- Late Night Thoughts, “The Attractions of the Isms.”
- I wanted to nominate Body & Soul’s post memorializing Fred Rogers, but as far as I can tell it no longer exists online.
- Body and Soul, “My Own Thoughts on Extremism” (guest post by Don Johnson).
- Body and Soul, “Images of a Kinder, Gentler War”
- The Head Heeb, “Krio and the courts”
- Long Story; Short Pier, “Radio Free Portland.”
- Body and Soul, “A Long and Rambling Post about Women and War”
- A Pillow Book from the Land of Artichokes, “Sex”
- D-Squared Digest, “Log Books – an Impudent Suggestion”
- Pedantry, “Why Israel and Palestine are not morally equivilent”
And Making Light, posts on the lootings in Iraq – start here and scroll down.
And Prometheus 6, for his “Startin’ Stuff” series on reparations.
And Nathan Newman, for his series of posts on the minimum wage.
Best Group Blog: Crooked Timber
Most Humorous Post: D-squared digest, for the SSdB series.
Best New Blog: Baghdad Burning
Best Special Effects: BlarghBlog, for the Flower and Rock series.
UPDATE: How on earth did I forget about Echidne of the Snakes for best new blog? May the goddess forgive me.
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Postscript: Speaking of shameless self-promotion, Alas is – amazingly – now in second place in the (right-wing dominated) Whizbang awards, “Best Playful Primate” catagory. I’m not as interested in the Whizbang awards as I am in the Koufaxes, but I am incredibly amused by this turn of events, and I encourage you all to keep voting for Alas over at Whizbang. (Remember, every 12 hours, you’re allowed to vote again!)
In contrast, I don’t encourage you to vote for Alas at the Koufax – I mean, I’m honored to be nominated, but I think people should just nominate their favorites, whatever those may be.