Unless I missed the memo, I had no idea that The New Yorker was running a couple blogs on its web site until I stumbled on George Packer’s blog, “Interesting Times,” this morning. There are only two posts so far, one on June 15 and one on June 18, but it’s worth a bookmark nonetheless.
True to form, the very first sentence contains a reference to that blogger’s favorite, Leo Tolstoy, in reference to the insurgency in Iraq: “At the point in “War and Peace” when the French are retreating from Moscow and the Russians, far outnumbered, are harassing their lines in small-unit ambushes, Tolstoy pauses to discuss insurgency, which he calls “partisan warfare.”
Paul McLeary is senior editor of Defense Technology International magazine, and is a former CJR staffer.
Good stuff. Even better is Dan Baum’s riveting “New Orleans Journal” blog, which he stopped updating on June 1, but which still reads as a fantastic first-person take on the city and its people. Maybe the magazine should have promoted the blog a little more while he was updating it, but do take a look.