Spirit | Substance | Satire

Only recently have I understood why I became a librarian: I am endlessly curious.

Sonic & mouseThese links are compiled from my old blogs and weeded—as good librarians do—to represent what I still use. Since 2005, I’ve followed most of them using various news aggregators that pull from syndicated RSS feeds.  I’m currently using NewsBlur.

Be curious.


Experimental Theology | Richard Beck
Professor of psychology—blogging on the theology of Johnny Cash, the demonology of Scooby-Doo, & his latest bible class on monsters

The Jesus Blog | James Crossley & colleagues
Historical Jesus research & New Testament studies

The On Being Project | Krista Tippett
Intelligent conversation about religion, meaning, & moral imagination

Postmodern Quaker | George Amoss, Jr.
“Postmodern” as a condition, not a belief system—no longer comfortable within the paradigm of the Age of Reason and the Enlightenment

Quaker Pagan Reflections | Cat Chapin-Bishop & Peter Bishop
Blogging in a spirit of Quaker worship and worship sharing

Quaker Universalist Voice | Quaker Universalist Fellowship
Speaking truth in the global public square

Quantum Theology | Michelle Francl-Donnay
Credo in unum Deum—and also evolution, quantum mechanics, particle physics, anthropogenic climate change, the Big Bang Theory, and perhaps even the Higgs boson

Richard K. Paine
Critical reflections on Buddhist thought—doubt, both systematic and curious, is the driving force here

Taoist Tai Chi Society | Fung Loy Kok Tai Chi
Reconnecting tai chi with its Taoist roots—bringing Taoist Tai Chi® arts to every community for physical, mental, & spiritual well-being

This Uncharted Now | Julie Sibley-Jones
Exploring the mysteries of everyday life from the perspective of one pilgrim

Transition Quaker | Craig Barnett
Quaker Meetings as space for adapting to changing social realities & as midwife for a gradually emerging culture—see Quakers in Transition


3quarksdaily | Founding Editor S. Abbas Raza & colleagues
Daily selections from the web in science, design, literature, current affairs, art, politics, philosophy, & anything else inherently fascinating

Aeon | Editorial Director Brigid Hains & colleagues
Provocative questions & original answers in science, philosophy, society, & the arts—presented through essays, ideas, & video

Al Jazeera English | Al Jazeera Media Network
News, analysis from the Middle East & worldwide—reshaping global media, the voice of the people

Code Switch | National Public Radio Code Switch Team
Race & identity, remixed—race, ethnicity & culture, how they play out in our lives & communities, & how all of this is shifting

The Conversation | Andrew Jaspan & Colleagues
Academic rigor, journalistic flair—When the social fabric strains & common ground  shrinks, information is like clean water

FactCheck.org | The Annenberg Public Policy Center
A nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception & confusion in U.S. politics

Informed Comment | Juan Cole & colleagues
Deep geopolitical analysis that’s readable for a general audience

Literature Map | gnod, the global network of discovery
Self-adapting system that learns by asking visitors what they like & what they don’t like, & generates cloud-mapping of similar authors


Jesus and Mo | Mohammed Jones (pseud.)
Religious satire from holy roomies Jesus & Mohammed

Unshelved | Gene Ambaum & Bill Barnes
Libraries are the backbone of democracy, sacred places for information—but people behave just as badly there as everywhere else

xkcd | Randall Munroe
A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, & language

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