Links, we get links…

…and this is partially because all my writing energies today went towards actual writing work that I’m doing. (Really not complaining at all, of course — the fact that I’m getting more commissions in general these days is very gratifying, and I hope to build on it further.) For that reason, planned longer pieces for the blog might wait until tomorrow. But three links to pass on for today:

  • Friend Kate suggested this New York Magazine article by Amanda Fortini as a useful reflection on the election season and whether or not the big losers this time out were female politicians and, potentially, women in general. I’d add that it’s interesting to see how the respective paths of Clinton and Palin since the election are generally reported on and treated in the same manner as beforehand, which admittedly says more about the general image both had established early on.
  • Over at the Quietus, an absolutely stellar piece by Can’s keyboardist Irwin Schmidt, which is actually mostly about food. Highly recommended, and he hits you right from the start with his story about growing up in wartime and after, and how this shaped his thoughts on food early on. To quote: “I have a big respect for food because of those times when throwing away something or letting it rot was such a sin, so heartbreaking, because you didn’t have a lot anyway. So now I can’t throw away anything, and I think the most important ability when you cook is that you are always able to make a new dish from leftovers.”
  • Finally, in a sign of the importance and respect the world of able and passionate online researchers and writers now gains, the passing of one of the two cobloggers at the economic site Calculated Risk, Doris Dungey aka Tanta, has garnered a slew of comments and tributes, perhaps most notably a high profile NY Times piece on her passing. While I knew of the blog I only have followed it a bit more closely in recent months due to the economic craziness, just as Tanta’s blogging started to slow as the cancer which took her life came to the fore. Turns out I missed quite a character, respected for both her no-nonsense, frank and detailed discussion of the many factors that have fed into the current situation, specifically with mortgages and their handling, as well as her wit, friendliness and intelligence. The blog’s founder has written a moving tribute to her and her abilities that I strongly urge reading, while also creating a compendium of her posts for general reference. This is the kind of ‘essay collection’ that could not have easily been put together and shared until these last couple of decades, and there are far worse memorials for someone who loved writing and who, like me, was an English grad student who took a slightly different path in life. RIP, and from a belated fan, much thanks.