Blogs make the book

At least two Los Angeles blogs are included in a new book, "Ultimate Blogs: Masterworks From the Wild Web," edited by the NYT's Sarah Boxer. They are Go Fug Yourself and Cosmic Variance, by Caltech theoretical physicist Sean Carroll. From Carolyn Kellogg's review in today's L.A. Times:

"Ultimate Blogs" is presented as a breezy trip through the best of the literate blogosphere. "I gave up trying to tame the wildness of the Web and decided the best order would be alphabetical," Boxer writes of her framework for the book. "That way the blogs can speak to one another more freely." But her selections are less serendipitous than she wants to let on. She mentions that finding a good military blog should be, with 1,500 of them cataloged on a single site, "like shooting fish in a barrel. Wrong." It's clear that, to come up with these 27 gems, Boxer must have combed through thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of blogs.

Kellogg was the former editor of LAist and has her own blog, where she gives links to the blogs she liked and ranks them.

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