1. The Ultimate Answer to Kings. A few years back, on a forum that was in those days known as The Claire Files, I kept running into this guy. I’d be reading along in some thread. I’d think of a scintillatingly witty reposte … and before I could click to post it … this guy, Joel, would say exactly what I was thinking, only say it better and shorter. The nerve of that man, huh?
He’s blogging these days, and his blog is The Ultimate Answer to Kings.
When you go there, you can never be quite sure what you’ll find — an account of his latest off-grid adventures, a YouTube video of a really weird song, a snarky riff on government stupidity (but I repeat myself), or maybe just a long ramble about his dogs. But it’s always worthwhile.
2. The Anchorage Libertarian Examiner. I encountered Kevin Wilmeth much more recently — in the comments section of this very blog. But I was immediately struck by his warmth, humanity, and thoughtful, stylish writing, which is very much evident in his Examiner columns.
And despite being the Anchorage examiner, it’s not just about Alaska. It’s become an everyday stop for me.
3. Market Theocracy. Sigh. What can I say about George Potter? Like me, he can be a tad flaky. Unlike me, he’s a brilliant writer, particularly of fiction. And I don’t mean “brilliant among political ranters.” I mean flat-out, world-class brilliant. His fiction could stand alongside the greatest, if he had the ambition to pursue professional publication (and if the once-great American short-story market hadn’t mostly dried up and blown away).
As is, George’s gift is our gift. He has just resumed blogging after a hiatus, with posts that include both real-world observations and his astonishing stories. Looking at the site this morning, I see he’s off with a roar. (Glad you’re back, George. And I agree on the power of District 9. I don’t give it much of a chance at the Oscars, either. But it was great to see it among the nominees, and oh my, do I want to see Neill Blomkamp’s future work!)