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Brenda / January 29, 2004 4:51 PM

Jason Pettus!

journal here:

other writings here:

And, if you write him an email and ask really nicely, he might even send you "Slut Summer", a nonfiction book he wrote in 2002 about the Chicago swinging community (go on, ask, you know you want to).

Naz / January 29, 2004 5:07 PM

Interestingly enough, he has that book available as an eBook and as a PDF. Very cool.

Brenda / January 29, 2004 5:23 PM

Cool, I didn't know it was up there! While he was writing that piece you had to be on his *special* mailing list to get it. I'm glad he's put it out there with his other work, it's well worth the download.

Anthony / January 29, 2004 8:15 PM

Thanks to GB, One Hundred or So Ways to Get an Ulcer. Compelling reading, especially for an engineering grad student hoping to follow in the blogger's footsteps (ulcers and all).

Alice / January 29, 2004 8:39 PM

Most of the blogs I read regularly are topical and related to my profession, and some outstanding ones are based right here, including:

The Shifted Librarian

What's Gnu?

And, one of my long-time favorites, though only recently from Chicago: Bookslut

daruma / January 29, 2004 10:01 PM

My favorite was in-just-spring, alas, it is no more.

armaghetto / January 29, 2004 11:48 PM

I've vandalized once or twice.

I dunno if you guys are aware of the "Windy City Webloggers" Chicago Blog Ring:

A lex, x, x / January 30, 2004 8:10 AM

Daruma, relax!
It is actually coming back... ;)

Look for it in February.

Kenan / January 30, 2004 9:09 AM

My favorite weblog ring, arranged by el stop:

Naz / January 30, 2004 9:34 AM

Alex, it's coming back? Woo hoo.

Joseph J. Finn / January 30, 2004 10:12 AM


Kenan Hebert / January 30, 2004 11:06 AM

Of course Bookslut is one of the best blogs going anywhere. But I'm biased.

Greasy Skillet, from which I stole my own web design (notice shameless plug cleverly couched in recommendation). I tried to change my fonts and such enough that no one would notice, but I still have to give credit where it's due.

paul / January 30, 2004 12:09 PM

This deserves an entire article. Remember when less than 30 weblogs orgininated from Chicago? It was easy to pick a few favorites back then. Now there are over 30 that just talk about the Cubs! They had enough to hold a best of Cubs Blogs contest. The sidebar on crescat sententia lists over 100 weblogs from the University of Chicago!

When trying to pick favorites, you can't forget the ones who really make you think, like AKMA, or the weblogs that really help us learn, like McGee's Musings or Challis Hodge. I could go on and on, since many more categories are filled with many more worthy Chicago weblogs.

I think it's enough to say that Gaper's Block managed to nab the best of the city's webloggers, and leave it at that.

A lex, x, x / January 30, 2004 12:52 PM

Naz - Yup, it's coming back with some slight changes, but nonetheless it is returning.

Oh, and I forgot to mention my favorite local blog. Who could forget Nora's mom?

Craig / January 30, 2004 2:17 PM

This one is actually a defunct message board journal, and the writer now resides in LA, BUT...

True Porn Clerk Stories was written by a female clerk in a porn video rental store in Chicago. It's amusing and well written.

Jeff / January 30, 2004 3:35 PM

This site doesn't originate from Chicago, but it does deal exclusively with the Cubbies.

What make this site stand out from other Cub blogs is the stathead/sabermetric/relentlessly-analytical angle.

Check out Bryan Stroh's listing of Cubs minor league prospects. Stroh, a friend of The Cub Reporter's author and a hardcore minor-league obsessive, provides detailed evaluations of 40 potential Cubs.

Read this and http://www.baseballprimer.coc/clutch and you'll not only stay constantly up-to-date for baseball news, you'll be keeping smart company with the best of the net's stat geek fans.

Jeff / January 30, 2004 3:37 PM

Those two sites again, properly linked:

brian / January 30, 2004 4:47 PM

Oh, if only Bob Greene still worked at the Trib and had a weblog; that would be swell!

tony / January 30, 2004 9:58 PM

Sadly I haven't found a replacement for my old favorite, (Before anyone gets all huffy, it's due to laziness and not having the time that I used to to read weblogs anymore, let alone update mine.) I guess it's enough that Dawn still has Chicago Uncommon alive and ticking.

jon. kelland / January 31, 2004 1:25 PM

u of c political science (assistant)prof dan drezner has a great blog for international politics; he also comments on the national horserace, the blogosphere, and some pop culture (he is a big buffy fan).

wink / February 1, 2004 12:52 PM

don't forget about the Chicago Report

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