Dark Bilious Vapors

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11/14/2005: Late to the party again.....

Actually, I was just waiting for it to hit the Web so I could properly link....

The Memphis Flyer came out with its annual "Best of Memphis" issue. New this year is a couple of "Best Memphis Blogs" lists. One appears to be the selection of Flyer columnist Jackson Baker, while the other is based on a reader vote (if you're chasing this pointer, you need to either scroll down to "Best Memphis Blog", or do a "Find" in your browser for "blog").

Jackson Baker's list:

  1. The Flypaper Theory
  2. Half Bakered
  3. Fishkite
  4. Smart City Memphis
  5. The "Honorable Mentions"... Or as Mr. Baker puts it: "Fifth on the list, with at least 20 more really good ones left to enumerate? It's kinda like that 'I'd like to thank ...' time on the Academy Awards show." Included in this list: Left Wing Cracker, Polar Donkey, Mama Said There's Be Days Like This, and a Certain Other Blog That Will Go Unnamed Because Modesty Forbids Me....(but thank you, Mr. Baker, for the mention).
My favorite line from the listing is Baker's description of Mike Hollihan: "an industriously quirky, self-described 'libertarian'" (I'm going to be sitting on my hands for about 6 months in a desperate attempt not to stick that into every link I throw to Half Bakered in that timeframe).

The Readers' Choice list is a bit shorter, and Rachel "and the City" Hurley kicks ass and takes names there:
  1. Rachel and the City
  2. [tie] Half Bakered, Scenestars, and Goner Records Bulletin Board [???? I'm sorry, but a web based bulletin board isn't a blog, people....]
Of course, Rachel kicks ass and takes names because not only did she take the #1 position all by her lonesome, but she's also one of the driving forces behind Scenestars, so she, in effect, captures two of the top spots.

And for coming in second in both polls, I think Mr. Mike needs to adopt the tagline "We're No. 2. We Try Harder" for a month or so [The current Half Bakered tagline is the classic "Reading The Memphis Papers So You Don't Have To."]

UPDATE: Rachel does a pretty good Rodney Dangerfield, as she shows us that just because your blog was the Readers' Choice for Best Memphis Blog, you still don't get no respect:
Wednesday I received a text message congratulating me on winning the Memphis Flyer's Reader's Choice Award for Best Blog. You would think that would have included an invitation to the their "Best of" party downtown. You would be wrong. So, Richens and I crashed it, only to find out everyone in town did the same. The food was gone by the time we made it to the party but there were four open bars and music by Halfacre Gunroom and my favorite Harlan T. Bobo. It was fun.

Len on 11.14.05 @ 07:10 AM CST

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