Timber, Bookshelves, World Domination, Etc.

by Scott McLemee on March 11, 2008

It seems that everyone else around here is just too quietly dignified to mention that Crooked Timber has been listed as one of the world’s fifty most powerful blogs by The Guardian.

But not me. So: Woo hoo!

It seems appropriate, then, to follow up Henry’s recent post about bookshelves with a notice that Matt Christie is offering wooden shelves to the public at a reasonable price. (They are much more attractive than some I’ve seen lately.) Matt also turns out chopping blocks.

These item are all made by hand from actual crooked timber. Contact him via pas au-delà for rates.

Anybody who combines woodworking with Blanchot deserves a plug on the 33rd most powerful blog in the world. The precise metrics used to determine that ranking are probably among the Guardian‘s trade secrets, of course.

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03.15.08 at 12:30 pm



tom s. 03.11.08 at 1:17 am

Well deserved. You folks have somehow managed to keep things fresh even while some blogs of a certain age, like yourselves, have run out of things to say. Keep up the fine work everybody.

By the way, did anyone see Casualty last night?


douglas clark 03.11.08 at 2:32 am

Whilst I’d agree that CT deserves it’s place, I could not really understand the criteria. For instance, I think Deltoid is up there with the best, as is Pickled Politics. Which presumeably means I have different criteria to The Guardian. Same as it ever was.

Why don’t you conduct your own poll?


rea 03.11.08 at 2:41 am

You are, of course, notably less powerful than perezhilton, or Icanhascheezburger.


Henry 03.11.08 at 2:42 am

It’s the position of _33rd_ most important blog in the world that actually says what’s really going on, if you get my drift. Let’s just say that if the widow’s son turns up at CT World HQ (located on the sixth basement level of Denver International Airport if you need to know, and you shouldn’t), he’ll get a warm welcome.


harry b 03.11.08 at 2:46 am

I suddenly realised that, it being the Grauniad, it was probably a misprint, and we were really ranked 3333333rd. Darn it.


Colin Danby 03.11.08 at 2:56 am

Making up for the lolcat humiliation, you all crushed Andrew Sullivan.


John Emerson 03.11.08 at 3:47 am

On the other hand, Unfogged was mentioned by a newspaper which, in sharp contrast to the hapless Guardian, never makes mistakes accidentally and seldom makes small, inconsequential mistakes.

It must be Blog Week in the MSM. “Edge of the American West” made the Chronicle.


John Emerson 03.11.08 at 3:51 am

The Guardian did teach me that Berlin had plagiarized Kant.


Ingrid Robeyns 03.11.08 at 6:47 am

john emerson: we did reveal that Berlin plagiarism here “before”:https://crookedtimber.org/2006/08/25/aus-krummem-holze/


Zarquon 03.11.08 at 9:52 am

Having Michael Bérubé on board makes you the world’s most dangerous blog, though.


chris y 03.11.08 at 1:46 pm

7. True, it just tells monumental pork pies on purpose.

What I don’t understand about the brain of the person who compiled this list is how it concluded that lolcats is powerful. I mean culturally pervasive, sure, but it’s not exactly as if “Ceiling cat sez all your NY governors are belong to me” is a huge scoop.


rea 03.11.08 at 4:38 pm

The Guardian did teach me that Berlin had plagiarized Kant.

Well, it’s beyond reasonable dispute that Berlin plagerized the lyrics of Immanuel’s Ragtime band from Kant, althought the music was original.

Come on along
Come on along
Let me take you by the hand
Up to the man
Up to the man
Who’s the leader of the band

And if you care to hear the Critique of Pure Reason played in ragtime
Come on and hear
Come on and hear
Immanuel’s ragtime band


Sock Puppet of the Great Satan 03.11.08 at 5:42 pm

That was a weird ranking. Malkin, but not DailyKos? There’s a good argument that DailyKos swung the U.S. Senate with its activism & fundraising, and has U.S. representatives blogging on it. DailyKos isn’t always my cup of tea, but can’t see why it didn’t make the top 50.


Kenny Easwaran 03.11.08 at 8:48 pm

Yeah, the absence of DailyKos really seemed weird. I could see about 10 or 15 of those blogs being listed as powerful, but a lot of them would have done much better on a list of “blogs to watch” or “interesting blogs” or something like that.


matt 03.12.08 at 1:07 am

Scott, thanks sincerely.

And kudos to philosophical thinktank-ers.


michael e sullivan 03.12.08 at 7:14 pm

I can’t believe that no one has beaten me to this horrid joke:

These items are all made by hand from actual crooked timber.

It’s people! It’s made of PEOPLE!


michael e sullivan 03.12.08 at 7:17 pm

7: It must be Blog Week in the MSM.

Does this mean it’s pretty much over. Blogging is dead. What has killed it, anybody know?


tim 03.12.08 at 7:32 pm

Congratulations Crooked Timber! Thanks to The Guardian, I’ve now found you. They got it wrong – you should be number one.


Eamonn Fitzgerald 03.13.08 at 9:14 am

Right. Sure. But, on the other hand, it looks as if the Graun just picked 50 blogs from Technorati’s top 100 (http://technorati.com/pop/blogs/?page=1) and added a few lines of liberal boilerplate. To keep the faithful happy, they put Huff at the top and threw in Crooked Timber to make up the numbers. Congratulations!

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