A Guide to the Web’s Most Cutting Edge New Media Content
Compiled by Elliot Feldman
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Netted by the WEBBYS
Netted by the WEBBYS is a free subscription-based daily email that offers a selection of notable Web sites and apps recommended by the same folks that sponsor the annual Webby Awards.
Wonkette – The D.C. Gossip
Founded by author Ana Marie Cox as part of the Gawker network, Wonkette is a political zine with a strong infusion of satire. Although it comes from a left-leaning view, articles take aim at Democrats, Republicans, and Independents.
Crane.tv describes itself as "the premium online video-magazine for contemporary culture." Its focus is on art, design, fashion, lifestyle, and travel.
The Hairpin – Ladies First
Edited by Edith Zimmerman and Jane Marie, The Hairpin is a blog with general interest and advice articles by women and for women.
Company Town – L.A. Times
Company Town is a blog that's part of the L.A. Times. It describes itself as "the business behind the show," online competition with the more established Hollywood trade papers. The Times appears to be starting to understand the Internet.
David Byrne's Journal
Talking Heads frontman David Byrne keeps a blog journal that's never dull and only occasionally discusses music. Topics mostly include art, architecture, and all aspects of the creative process itself. Intelligent stuff.
THAT IS ALL
Hilarious humorist John Hodgman's blog is either called AreasOfMyExpertise.com or THAT IS ALL. While the blog is an effective way to promote his funny books, it also offers entertaining blog posts from Hodgman's unique view of the universe.
The Footnotes of Mad Men
The Footnotes of Mad Men or MadMenUnbuttoned.com is primarily a blog that acts as a companion piece to Natasha Vargas-Cooper's non-fiction book about all things Mad Men. The blog also offers highly informative and entertaining posts about real cultural and other events from the ’60s Mad Men era, as well as posts about the real Madison Avenue from that period.
TV FOR THE INTERNET
Frog Island Comedy
Frog Island Comedy is a Los Angeles-based comedy improv group who has taken their talents to the Web. They offer a selection of video sketches with high production values. While the jokes can be hit or miss, the ones that hit are hilarious.
Blown Covers is a Web site that describes its content as "New Yorker covers you were never meant to see" and "Behind the scenes at The New Yorker with art editor Françoise Mouly and Nadja Spiegelman." This site goes beyond "blown covers," also offering a wonderful selection of art from the greatest of comic artists past and present.
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Elliot Feldman's novel, Sitting Shiva, was published in 2003 -- ISBN: 0964374064. And check out his comics at Scene4 Magazine - WARNING: Not for the easily offended.