3 Quarks Daily Arts and Literature Blogging Prize

The fine site 3 Quarks Daily is once again running its Arts and Literature blogging contest, to be judged this year by blogger, essayist, novelist, and teacher Laila Lalami. I think these contests are a great way to draw attention to the engaged, passionate, articulate writing to be found in blogs: contrary to the whingeing of the nattering naysayers, I think there’s far more to celebrate than to lament in the wonderfully open, curious, diverse and generous conversation about books that the internet has enabled. I was truly honored to be among the finalists in last year’s competition, judged by Robert Pinsky, for my review of Daniel Mendelsohn’s remarkable book The Lost (yes, there’s some irony there, as he seems to be the Naysayer-in-Chief). I encourage everyone to think about posts they think represent the best of arts and literature blogging (whether their own or someone else’s), to post a nomination at 3QD, and then to spend some time browsing through the other nominations, which I’m sure will be full of treasures.

7 thoughts on “3 Quarks Daily Arts and Literature Blogging Prize

  1. Rohan Maitzen February 23, 2011 / 7:19 pm

    Oh, good choice! I’m feeling stymied about how to use my one nomination. I rather wish we could nominate a whole blog rather than a single post because often it is an overall sensibility that earns my appreciation over time, more than a single post that stands out. But I can’t hesitate too long as they are accepting only the first 200 nominations.


  2. Colleen February 23, 2011 / 11:30 pm

    I have one post on Bookphilia I’m entirely proud of (Book 2, Romola) and I posted it one year and one week ago, and so it’s not eligible. Ah, well! If I ever read a book that interests me that intensely again, perhaps I’ll write something as good. 🙂

    Rohan: You’ve posted so many I would nominate that I can’t decide but I will keep looking. Because your blog deserves the recognition.


  3. Annie February 24, 2011 / 6:13 am

    I knew nothing about this, so thanks for pointing me in the right direction. What a wonderful way to meet new bloggers.


  4. Abbas Raza February 24, 2011 / 6:21 am

    Thanks for all your generous words, Rohan, and for sending quality nominations our way!

    Best wishes,



  5. Rohan February 24, 2011 / 9:02 am

    Colleen: Too bad! A near miss on such a smart post, and one that represents a book hardly likely to be reviewed by any other nominee. Thanks for your encouragement! I had resolved to nominate litlove’s excellent post on Camus (from yesterday, just in time!) but I see she has beat me to it. So I think I’ll stop feeling awkward about a self-nomination and put forward one of my own posts. But which one? I am partial to my review of Lynne Sharon Schwartz’s Leaving Brooklyn, because I though the book was so remarkable and really deserves continuing attention. But I was quite happy with my reviews of Hilary Mantel’s A Place of Greater Safety and Byatt’s The Children’s Book too. I think I’ll go with Leaving Brooklyn, since that review is also pretty characteristic of what I do here–but if there’s another one you think is better, I’d be proud if you put it forward.

    Annie: Yes, already there are several impressive pieces highlighted that I would not otherwise have discovered.

    Abbas: Looks like you’ll have a good competition on your hands! Laila Lalami is a great choice for judge, too. I have long read her blog and essays, and really appreciated Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits when I read it last summer.


  6. Colleen February 24, 2011 / 10:58 am

    I am particularly fond of your post on Byatt’s The Children’s Book but I’d trust your own judgment on this one. 🙂


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