I just learned from the cool people at Six Apart/Typepad that my blog is one of their “featured” sites today. Coolness. I really should say as someone who assesses technology quite frequently that this is an excellent blog application. I've said it before to friends, but what the hell, why not render it officially Shallot-approved on the day of our big, global blog-communion?
Welcome, new readers. Now, you may be curious about this site's purpose and goals. You’re right, you over there in the corner of your St. Louis loft: I don’t chronicle my experiences as a club bouncer or write only on sustainable seafood. My blog isn’t a celebrity or media gossipIST, nor is it a localized cityIST or entertainment verbER. It’s hard to categorize my blog. I call my posts cultural shards, but they’re also personal shards. I rarely write or speak about the concept of the Glass Shallot because I’m the kind of writer who feels we really shouldn’t have to use language to explain everything. Think about it, and maybe it will begin to mean something to you, or maybe you’ll drift off into a thought about how the shmucky guitar player who lives next to you resembles John C. Reilly on barbituates. So far, this site has become nothing more than it was from the start: a personal interests blog run by a working writer--one who covers a lot of different topics as well as writes creatively. You sometimes get my articles, sometimes my thoughts on the news or other articles. Sometimes my thoughts on crackhead rockstar wannabes. Or lobstermen. Or health politics. Or a fictional humor casual. You will also sometimes get someone else’s thoughts on something curious. You could call these posts Web vagaries; I rather like that term, had just spoken about it the other day with a friend who reads Shakespeare the way I read op-ed columns. Would that it were the other way around: that’s one of my goals for the year. That and hearing someone laugh at a line in my new film. The latter seems more plausible at the moment. And I’ve never even slept with Harvey Weinstein--high five! But above all, I’d like you to notice that as hard as the Shallot may be to crack, it’s subtly sweet underneath whatever onion-y sharpness you may notice on its nose. At least that’s what the cook intends. Let's mix metaphors and move on! Click on the post-continuation to read Typepad's very kind words.
"Adam Baer is a writer by trade and, in print, Travel + Leisure is where you'll typically find him. Online, Glass Shallot is home to his selected work, culled from the pages of the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Wired, Slate, and dozens of other reputable outlets. Browse Baer's left sidebar for the best of his printed work, covering an epic range of topics from Alain de Botton to Rodney Dangerfield to Space Invaders on cell-phones. Browse the right-hand sidebar for the best of the blog, which includes dispatches from current subjects Baer is researching, personal stories, and eclectic pieces on music, television, and many other topics. We love that Baer's "cultural shards" take him on a meandering path around the world (figuratively speaking) and his blog easily expands to ensconce them all. Sharp edges and odd angles aren't so scary when you wrap them in a reader-friendly blog."--Typepad.com, 1.30.07