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When a blog is good enough to be a book

12 Apr

It does happen, the most famous example being Salam Pax whose Iraq blog Where is Raed? became a best-selling book in 2003. More recently Riverbend’s Baghdad Burning was published by Marion Boyars (2006) with a sequel covering 2004-2006 published later in 2006. I mentioned this here. Riverbend last posted on Monday, October 22, 2007 from Syria, where she and her family went into exile shortly before. The two books are now in the remainder stores here in Sydney; they are well worth getting. While you may still read it all online, the books offer contextualising comments by James Ridgeway. They are an excellent reality check for anyone too impressed by Fox News or pronouncements from either the Pentagon or the White House, or, up to November 2007 when our own Bush groupies were thrown out of office, Canberra. What is best though is Riverbend’s sheer humanity and honesty. The books are in my Best Reads of 2008 list. 🙂

A very different blog that is to be published, as I noted a little while back, is Stuff White People Like. The latest entry there is on Rugby, and is quite delightful.

… Rugby’s greatest appeal lies in it’s uniforms.

Unlike other sports where jerseys are made out of nylon or mesh, Rugby jerseys are like thick sweatshirts with collars!  In fact there is no other jersey on earth that can move so seamlessly from the playing field to the farmers market

Many white people first acquire a love of rugby during their high school and college years by playing either for a school team or in the case of highly advanced white people-part of an intramural league.  In fact, many white people will continue to play the sport into their early 30s at local parks on Saturday morning.  If you are looking to expand your group of white friends, you would be wise to get yourself invited to one of these games.  However, you should be prepared to have your crotch grabbed…

A blog that ought to become a book — I’m serious about this — is Sally’s Sydney Daily Photo which I introduced to you on Floating Life Sans Words. Do look at it; it’s so good!

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