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Slow Blogging a Trend?

One newspaper* says so. Sharon Otterman reports,

The practice is inspired by the slow food movement, which says that fast food is destroying local traditions and healthy eating habits. Slow food advocates, like the chef Alice Waters of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Calif., believe that food should be local, organic and seasonal; slow bloggers believe that news-driven blogs like TechCrunch and Gawker are the equivalent of fast food restaurants — great for occasional consumption, but not enough to guarantee human sustenance over the longer haul.

I know, I know. I'm quoting the New York Times again. I love the New York Times. It's a totally unrequited thing. I get very mad at it, too, on occasion. Because of the nature of our "relationship," it just sniffs at me and moves on. Sigh.

Perhaps I should add here that I am concerned about Sunday Book Review's health. The print version is very wan (or should I say gray?) and thin today. But it does contain a piece on Bert Hölldobler and Edward O. Wilson's new book The Superorganism: The Beauty, Elegance, and Strangeness of Insect Societies.


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I have an unrequited love for Mark Bittman, who writes for the New York Times *and* believes in the value of food that is local and in season.

Oh, yes, I like Mark Bittman, too. He even has a blog at the Times. Lately everything we eat comes from a box. I must change that...

I, too, am hooked on the Times. I just resumed home delivery and fritter away at least an hour every morning. I saw that piece on blogs, and sometimes I do feel a bit like Robinson Crusoe. But, for now, I will carry on, sending dispatches into the wilderness.

Hey Susan, Thanks for highlighting the very interesting slow-blogging article. I twittered it!

I also have a love affair with the NYT. As I was catching up with the weekend paper, I read this piece on slowblogging this afternoon and then, came to your site, and voila! It was really interesting and made me feel better about the nature of my relationship with blogging. Now I have a name I can put to it :)

MJN, home delivery? How nice! I'd love that. Does your NYT now come with the Metro part of Section 1, or is that a suburban thing? I don't approve, but the Timesians must be short on ads.

Andrea, now that is very Web 2.0 of you! I should have thought of that. Cool.

Sandhya, what is your favorite section? I think mine is the Metro section. I do like the Wednesday food and Tuesday science & health, too.

HOW did I not know that Mr. Bittman has a blog? I have just added it to my blogroll. Joy! Did you see his stuffing recipe? It looks SO GOOD. As if I didn't already have enough recipes sitting around waiting for me to try them....

Mark Bittman's pastry is beyond good, but back to the point. "Slow blogging." I like it. Sounds waaaay better than "I don't have any time for my blog because I'm writing my second book and trying desperately to beat my house into shape for the holidays" (said in slightly hysterical tone.)

Exactly, Annette!

"Slow blogging" also fits when you need to make a gigantic dessert for ten people and have to go to the grocery store for the third time in three days!

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