Stumbled upon these recently (again) and will now be sure to check back on them more regularly:

The Open Library Blog

Reading 2.0


Counterbalance – The Lit Life Los Angeles

Internet Archive Blog

This is a pretty amazing online project presenting the work of Mark Twain. Not just the text of his letters, articles, and books, but scholarly annotation. It’s a work-in-progress, not just because the scholarly work continues, but because Mark Twain was extremely prolific and there is a huge amount of work to post. According to the site, in addition to the many books, pamphlets, speeches, and articles he wrote, Twain is believed to have written over 50,000 letters in his lifetime.

The goal of the site is to “produce a digital critical edition, fully annotated, of everything Mark Twain wrote.” It’s clear how much work has gone into the project, and the attention to detail is impressive.

This is a great example of using the web to document, organize and showcase a rich archive of a writer’s body of work. I think it also shows the limitation of something like Google Books — which of course has amazing potential and is certainly useful from a search perspective but currently lacks scholarly annotation or even basic descriptions and historical/literary context, not to mention its documented metadata problem.

With the Mark Twain Project, though, one huge improvement would be for the site to allow users to export the texts into formats that could easily be imported to the reader of their choice. There are other types of solutions (HTML5, “Books in Browsers“) coming which would make an option like that unnecessary, but as the site is currently built, an export function would be a nice addition to an already feature rich site.

Wonderfully creative and colorful site celebrating mail art — Goodnight Little Spoon.

Dash and Bella is a great cooking blog with a focus on cooking with and for children. Wonderful recipes, writing and photos, and an overall excellent idea for a food/cooking site. Definitely worth checking out and bookmarking. (Found via the Knopf Doubleday Cooking site.)

Arts & Crafts

Whip Up
Crafty Chica
Art Projects for Kids
Naughty Secretary Club

Food & Drink

Midtown Lunch
Smitten Kitchen

Creative Types

Hula Seventy
Your Waitress
Bill Keaggy
Jenny Vorwaller
Sweet Sassafras
Summer Pierre
Angry Chicken


Cube News 1
Save the Assistants

Lost, Now Found, a 1929 Time Capsule Proves Transporting.

Moving On After Battlestar.

Casserole Crazy.

$4 Coffee in a $2 World.

Roger Ebert Gives 4 Stars to Knowing.

Whoopie! Cookie, Pie or Cake, It’s Having Its Moment.

Here the Messages Are the Media.

Can a Rebel Stay a Rebel Without the Claws?

Everlasting Moments.

The Lead Is Safe.

Jon Stewart and Jim Cramer: The Extended Daily Show Interview.

The No-Stats All-Star.

The Jazz Loft Project. Read the New York Times story about the project here.