Sunday, February 15, 2009

Getting to Know Us: Frank Wilson

I noted last week that I was going to join blogging friend, Kat Magendie, in writing a weekly "Getting to Know Us" post about a fellow blogger. Kat and Angie Ledbetter were my obvious first choices, because I have known them so long and in so many capacities. My second choice has been harder, because there are so many bloggers I've met who I really want everyone to get to know. I guess I will just have to pick one at a time and be satisfied that I'll get to all of them eventually.

So, for my second introduction––drum roll please––I pick Frank Wilson and Books, Inq––Epilogue. Frank is the former Books Editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer (hence the name), and rather than the usual mix of opinions and critiques, his blog is more of a clearing house. He searches out the best posts from other sites––often book or publishing related, but not always––and usually adds a short comment of his own. To say he posts several times a day would be be an understatement. In fact, I'm wondering what his record is for the most posts in one day. He also gets some help from the contributors listed in the sidebar.

Due to the wealth of information I try to discipline myself not to visit every day, or I'd never do anything else. I do visit every few days and never come away without reading several articles in full and often finding inspiration for a post or two of my own. I don't need to go into much detail on Frank's bio as he kindly agreed to be interviewed by me when I was still with R&T and you can read that interview here. What I will add is that Frank is an extremely well-read and erudite blogger, as comfortable discussing the latest best seller as he is the great philosophers.

Frank's blog doesn't need to be hyped. I'm guessing his weekly hits are in the thousands at least, but he is always happy to support fellow bloggers by linking to them or highlighting someone's work that's been published online.

So if you haven't already, go over and visit Books Inq––The Epilogue, and tell 'em Nannette sent you. Well, really that's not necessary, but do visit for your own edification.

This just in: Since I posted this I learned that Books Inq––The Epilogue was chosen by Bryan Appleyard of the Times London as one of his 100 Best Blogs. While I'm sure my mention is much more significant, that one is nice too.


Kathryn Magendie said...

I will head over there today! Thank you Nan

Angie Ledbetter said...

Thanks for the heads up. Going to his blog next.


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