The Wire

In Writing

Owen Hatherley Portal

July 2010

Entschwindet und Vergeht

"Architect-theorist Douglas Murphy's blog charts all things hauntological in sound, space and structure, with a certain gleeful morbidity and impressive erudition. Especially fine at puncturing the use of 'theory' by contemporary architectural chancers."

Beyond The Implode

"Wildly erratic, somewhat outré in its obsessions and consistently extremely funny, Beyond The Implode vents its spleen to impressive effect, but the main reason it's being linked here is a post on listening to Joy Division in Luton (13 December 2005), a travelogue through the Britain most of us live in but rarely if ever find depicted."

Fantastic Journal

"The blog of Charles Holland, pop architect for FAT and insightful cultural critic. A random list of recent subjects includes the Moscow Metro, 'hipster urbanism', and Essex's ambiguous place in pop history, but it's the laconic photo-posts on various locations which are often most interesting. A genre borrowed from..."

Infinite ThØught

"Pioneer of the photo-essay form subsequently adopted by practically every blogger in the land, 'philosopher, pig, pedagogue' Nina Power's blog is now long-running enough to be an institution of some sort. I.T usually covers politics, scorn, surrealism and theory, although Power now has a column on music in Mute magazine, opening with an excellent piece on film soundtracks."

Sea Songs

"One of the few bloggers ever to have had a verb derive from his work (''Carmodise" - to read epochal political significance from pop-cultural minutae) Robin Carmody's originally singular aesthetic - his cataloguing of the patrician public culture of the post-war era - has since become its own kind of orthodoxy, but often without Carmody's keen historical eye and his ferocious anger."

Bat, Bean, Beam

"Giovanni Tiso's 'weblog on memory and technology' consists of one long and beautifully written post a week. The kind of writer – ruminative, accessible, informative – who would once have been a revered popular columnist, only pushed online by the vagaries of wordcounts and networks both technological and institutional."

Popular Demand

"'Does she think she's the Sarah Kane of music journalism, or something?' said someone of Anwyn Crawford's aptitude for harsh, frequently personal writing, although there's a lot more to her work than this. Third of Crawford's always excellent, sometimes short-lived blogs, Popular Demand features amongst other things a very funny, justly curmudgeonly attempt to expose herself to hip new bands on YouTube, a touching appreciation of the Cure, and a fine post on the physicality of Lady Gaga videos."

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