For some reason, the phrase “Chinese menu” keeps running through my mind. Maybe it’s the hodge podge of people and topics or the column a, b or c design, or just the idea that, like a good Chinese menu, there should be something for everyone — as long as Chinese food appeals to you. Want to read about Yalta? Arthur Schlesinger comes through. Wonder about what kind of acid was served at Hunter S. Thompson’s post-memorial party? John Cusack can fill you in; most of the brief post is a litany of sayings Thompson wrote on the walls of his Woody Creek home. (One quote in the post came from a t-shirt Thompson sent the actor: “Politics is the art of controlling your environment.” Makes me think of this new publishing effort.)
I could name drop for hours; after all, “The Blog” page is 40 posts long at this point — 16 print pages and that doesn’t include the full text of each post. At this rate, we’ll need a daily “Huffington Post” report. At the very least, how about the ability to sign up for author-specific feeds to help readers who may want to follow one or more particular authors but don’t have the time or inclination to read the whole menu in Chinese?
Update 1: Gawker, Defamer and Wonkette are all over it, ripping it to shreds. Meanwhile, other blogs react…mixed.
Update 2: Tribune Media Services will probably begin syndicating content from the blog within a month, according to E&P…The syndicated version of THP (NYSE: HPQ) will be a “best-of” selection of small and larger items from the site.