Friends of The Avalon


I am well aware that it takes a rare and special sort of person to appreciate Notes From The Avalon.  Let’s face it, a blog page that regularly features episode summaries of an awful and antiquated Nickelodeon teen soap opera that sometimes take the better part of 15 minutes to read isn’t everyone’s cup of Molson.  Even those who do see the humor (and the point) of this silly endeavor must need a break from reading my long-winded synopses every now and then, so to that end, I’d like to tender a few suggestions of other blog pages that I find highly enjoyable.  Some of these pages belong to literal friends of Notes From The Avalon and some do not, but that’s not the criteria I’m using for this incomplete list of worthwhile WordPress destinations.  All that matters is the fact that I find them enjoyable and predict that you will, too.  In no particular order:

The Apocryphal Abecedarian.  Philosophy flows like water from a kink-free hose here, but unlike my earlier freewheeling forays into complicated ontology, Anony Mole actually does his homework and gets all of the baseline ideas upon which he elaborates directly from the source.  So you can trust his accuracy, but that’s not what makes his posts so fun to read.  His approach to explaining and extrapolating the ideas of some of the world’s greatest thinkers is both accessible and brilliant, and more often than not, refreshingly hilarious.

A/K/A My Dang Blog!  I recommend this one at my own risk.  Why, you ask?  Because if uproarious humor straight outta The Great White North is your thing, Suzanne’s spit-take-prompting week-by-week summaries of the trials and tribulations that colored her last 7 days leave my silly faux-Canadian blog page choking in the dust every time.  I promise that if you read just one random entry on the basis of this recommendation, you’ll be back like clockwork every Sunday to read the latest dang post on one of the funniest dang blogs in existence.

By almost any measure, Tom is a better man than I to guide us through these trying times in which we live.  Most people who have been reading his work for a while note with admiration his seemingly endless supply of optimism, but that might give you the wrong impression.  While it’s true that whatever he chooses to discuss is usually approached from a glass-half-full viewpoint, Tom is anything but naïve, and that’s why is far more important than its author seems to think it is.  It’s the dose of pragmatic optimism all of us need, but maybe didn’t realize was lacking in our increasingly aggressive sociopolitical discourse.  Oh, and there’s plenty of dogs, so that’s a bonus.

A/K/A Coffee & Confessions To Go. Compelling and beautiful poetry mingled with take-no-prisoners social commentary makes this an essential destination for anyone in need of the type of intellectual stimulation that’s in depressingly rare supply here on the Interwebs.  Did you hear me?  I said essential.

Two of the funniest and most impressively thorough movie critics you’ve ever read share this highly addictive film-related blog page.  More than once, their reviews have served for me as reliable guides aboot a movie’s potential charms (or lack thereof) but even if you hate movies, I’d still recommend following this blog because it’s just too witty and ingeniously written to pass up.

Unflinchingly honest, no-holds-barred commentary aboot the degenerative effects of personal and institutional racism on every marginalized community in the nation (and sometimes the world).  The author is well-informed, well-sourced, and frequently downright brilliant in his thought-provoking analyses.  If you’re comfortable with this type of material, I recommend that you give this page a visit.  If you’re uncomfortable with this type of material, I demand that you give this page a visit and ask yourself why you find certain truths to be so unsettling.

The Bag Lady.  Unlike the frustratingly specific subject matter of the page you’re currently viewing, this blog is a virtual cornucopia of entertaining flights of literary fancy.  Have you ever visited the page of one of those bloggers that sit around waiting for some WordPress writing prompt to serve as creative inspiration for their otherwise barren imaginations?  Well, this ain’t that, though she does play ball with such writing prompts.  The critical difference is that when the Bag Lady works off of such a prompt, she invariably owns it and makes anyone else’s take on the same idea superfluous at best.  The most creative and entertaining use of WordPress prompts (which she doesn’t always use and obviously doesn’t need) that I’ve ever seen.

So get reading, my friends.  But of course, when you notice the Season 3, Episode 3 post hit your reader in the not-too-distant future, drop everything and hurry your ass back to The Avalon.  Remember, Wade Wilson is watching.

17 thoughts on “Friends of The Avalon

  1. Good idea. I often wonder about becoming rich and drawing a circle around the 10 or so bloggers, and their 10 or so bloggers, and create a DAG – a directed acyclical graph of the top 30 folks and gather us all together for a weekend long fiesta. ( – if you specialize, then you can write articles for magazines… which is a way to make spare change$.)

    I’m gonna make sure I’ve got your list in my list.

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    1. Wow, that’s a great list for me to tackle — they all seem to have far easier submission processes than anything I’d found. I’ll look into most of them, but I can probably steer clear of the Catholic Digest.

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      1. And pay a lot.
        Yes, let’s forget about that one.
        Try googling some Canadian sites too. I deleted them all since I’m not their citizen and for some reason they insist that you are. Maybe it’d be easier for you being an American (or ask sb to marry you. Tell them it’s only business, but if you find pleasure in it, so much the better). They pay A LOT, and I meat A LOT, for a collections of stories/essays, 20, 000, some even more.

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  2. All I can say is “wow.” Which, when you speak, I tend to say a lot. Too much? Too bad. Wow.

    Thank you for including me in your list of luminaries, and for the inspirational — yes, I said inspirational — analysis of TBT. You make me want to write more, and that’s a dangerous thing. 🧐

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    1. It’s only dangerous to those who deserve being endangered. You recently commented that you miss my philosophical takes on current events, and I really appreciated that, but after briefly going back to that style and subject matter, I realized a couple of things: 1) I really have nothing positive to say anymore because when I start to indulge in philosophy about the human condition these days, I find that I cannot avoid the orange elephant in the room and thus, all of my former spiritual takes on such matters have gone out the window and I just sound like an old crank (albeit for the left); 2) therefore, optimism of the type in which you traffic has become essential to the objective analysis of everything that’s going on and those are the only type of voices I care to hear from anymore when it comes to important matters; 3) ever-so-subtly, my monomaniacal goal of analyzing the living shit out of Fifteen IS my commentary on the times, perhaps like a Zen koan of sorts. You are very welcome, Tom, and thank YOU for allowing me (and many others) to feel a bit less hopeless whenever you share your thoughts.

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      1. Oh, I totally see the Zen koan of your work. Trust me, it has felt like that from the beginning. The ludicrous shallowness and bad drama of the those kids lives are an excellent microcosm of the ludicrous shallowness and bad drama of most human lives. Still, without it, where would we turn for our entertainment?

        And, never fear, you’ll be able to philosophize again soon without the orange interference. I promise. 🙂

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