I often run across great blog posts that I want my readers to know about. I often get inspired to write posts of my own about them, praising the writer and exploring my take on their ideas. I often then get distracted (or just don't have time to do it). So I often wind up doing that stupid thing where you don't do something at all because you can't do it the way you want to. (For more on this stupid thing, see my post on The Harm Reduction Model of Life.)
So instead, I'm going to do what I've seen other bloggers do: a round-up of recent blog posts that I've especially liked. (I'm calling it a blog carnival, though, since I think the word "round-up" is boring.)
Compulsory Reading. Comic artist Alison Bechdel ("Fun Home"), on the literary canon... and the guilt readers feel when they haven't read it.
Big Sur Burn. Susie Bright on the California fires... and the connection with low taxes and "small government."
Great Atheist Quotes Award. Flinging Dust quoting Milo, on religion as Stockholm syndrome.
More cases for consequentialism: abortion and euthanasia. The Uncredible Hallq, carefully and thoughtfully exploring some of the moral issues of medicine, life, and death. (And citing Judith Jarvis Thompson, who rocks.)
10 Commandments of Smut. M. Christian, on 10 all too common mistakes that porn/ smut/ erotica writers should avoid.
And An Exercise in Empathy. Ebonmuse at Daylight Atheism writing on marriage, and on unjust marriage restrictions. And making me all weepy in the process.