I have been reluctant (and Deb even more so) to follow the blogosphere trend in which personal blogs feature a sidebar containing books one is currently reading, music currently being listened to, TV shows or movies recently watched, etc. It's not that I haven't enjoyed reading such postings on other people's blogs. And it certainly is not that I've been doing no interesting reading/listening to/watching. Yet I've had this gut feeling that such a list would be too self-indulgent for my tastes. On the other hand, self-indulgence is pretty much the sitz im leben of the blog. And while I may not be particularly interested in what someone else is r/l/w -- I may be quite interested in an individual's reflections on what she or he is reading. List: Ho hum. Review list: Hmmm.
So what about a review list done by a professional reviewer, one that looks at both important and more frivolous cultural contributions, one in which the writing itself sparkles with wit and insight... THAT's a promising prospect. I could get fired up about that.
But don't look for it anytime soon here. Instead, look for it here, at Jana's Review Revolution -- where our good friend Jana Riess (a genuine "good friend" -- not a "N.T. Wright" sort of good friend) has just dipped her toe into the blog world, and made quite a splash. I just about cried I was laughing so hard at the review of the BibleZines.