April 13th, 2006

earthsea

Those two literary memes

1) Male and female reading meme:

Originally from communicator here; also ninebelow here. (And I think a couple of others, but can't find them.)

I rather agree with much of the criticism of these lists, but here goes anyway.

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2) Women's writing meme

Originally from sartorias, I think, but I saw it chez apotropaism here (and again I think elsewhere but can't find it right now). This one is a bit more confessional - includes the possibility of saying not just what you have read but admitting what you haven't.

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Political feed added

The former Swedish prime minister, Carl Bildt, has a blog at http://bildt.blogspot.com/ - I have just syndicated it as carlbildt. I don't have a view on his impact on Swedish politics (except that I suspect my Swedish readers may not be big fans of his) but I think his international impact, especially in the Balkans, has been pretty positive.

I don't believe that there is any other political figure of equivalent seniority from any country who takes it as seriously as Bildt does. Margot Wallström, Vice-President of the European Commission, and (like Bildt) a Swede, though from a different political party, blogs too - but unfortunately it is a) anodyne and b) infested by trolling comments from British Eurosceptics. Her colleague Vladimir Špidla, also like Bildt a former prime minister (but Czech rather than Swedish) also has one, featuring seven whole entries since last November. Like Bildt, he has wisely disallowed comments. I will not bother syndicating either for livejournal readers (though don't let me stop you).

Edited to add - Hmm, though I thought it was me that had syndicated it, turns out someone else already got there! Doesn't affect the inforamtion above anyway.