Hart Brachen of Soxaholix mourns the loss of Butch, the family dog, who died this weekend:
... And he was with me, literally right beside me, pressed against my leg or head in my lap, for every Red Sox moment since Spring of 2000. Through three different places we called home, he was there, listening to the radio broadcast or watching TV, from Jurassic Carl, thru Kerrigan, and thru the improbable comeback in Oakland in 03 and the eventual game 7 ALCS heartbreak later, thru the Schilling Thanksgiving and every moment of the drama of 2004, he was there with me.
He was always right there with me. ...
El Tour de Nacho, which is normally busy "eating its way through the nachos of Boston," says that a review of local nacho places failed to note the author got a fair amount of her info from the blog's authors.
Greg Cook reports on the impending closing of the Judi Rotenberg Gallery, after nearly 40 years, and the end of artblog.net, one of the oldest art blogs in the country.
Any enthusiastic Beantown imbiber has doubtless stumbled on DRINKBOSTON, this year's well-deserved pick for the city's best blog. Written and run by journalist Lauren Clark, an experienced taproom denizen, both behind the bar and in front of it, DrinkBoston is as comprehensive an examination of the art of drinking as you'll find.
Bill Marx reports he's gotten a state grant to do a series of "judicial reviews," in which a panel of critics will sit in judgment of a local arts event and then write up a "decision" - with dissents and "friend of the court" briefs from the artists themselves allowed.
The panel will be made up of a combination of professional critics, humanities scholars, and non-professional observers. The "case" will be presented to the readers of the cultural selection under consideration – perhaps the text of the play, video clips of the film or a dance performance, a recording of the concert, or excerpts from the book.
Once the judgments have been rendered, there will be summaries of the "Majority" and "Minority" opinions with an invitation of the feature's readers to respond to the judges, who may want to question each other as well. ...
My Southborough blogger Susan Fitzgerald responds, says she's not giving up the names of her commenters, even if she doesn't agree with them:
... In any community there will be people whose opinions make your blood boil. It's true of this town, and it's true of this blog. But how different it would be if selectmen saw this site as a place to engage with their community instead of making it "us versus them."
... When we posted the photos right here on our blog of that incident, one of our very loyal and regular readers (and loyal guest) contacted us and asked to help with replanting the island. She explained that her mother had passed away the day before, and she wanted to do the planting in memory of her mother. ...
The re-planting will be done early next month.