Here are blogs/websites which I find helpful, interesting, informative, and/or entertaining. Inclusion on this list is not a blanket endorsement of all content.
For a selection of works cited throughout the blog, see the Bibliography.
Art & Design
(links regarding Orthodox iconography listed separately):
“The A-Z enterprise encompasses all aspects of day to day living. home furniture, clothing, food all become the sites of investigation in an ongoing endeavor to better understand human nature and the social construction of needs.”
“(The purpose of the blog) was to post mostly architecture that is often seen as bleak/ gloomy/ forbidding/ desolate/ unfortunate and totalitarian architecture…There’s a difference between the original idea of my blog and the more diverse collection you see now. I branched out a bit and I’ll also post (Modernist) architecture and art that doesn’t really fit the title, but that I just like/find interesting.”
Balbusso Twins: “Critic Steven Heller described their work as, “enticingly Renaissance and eerily new wave.”
Carolyn Friedlander: “…is an artist specializing in modern fabric designs, quilting and sewing patterns, and quilt making with intention.”
The Casual Optimist: “Books, Design, and Culture.”
Delicious Industries: “The independent creative studio of art director, graphic designer and typographer Judith Wilding.”
“…quite possibly the richest source of book-related design and illustration in the universe. Will displays the fervour of the most dedicated historian whilst time and again proving he has an eye for exceptional images.” —David Pearson
The Film List: “…the compilation affectionately referred to around here as the “Jesus Movie Master List.””
Fonts in Use: “An independent archive of typography.”
Grain Edit: “…is focused on classic design work from the 1950s-1970s and contemporary designers that draw inspiration from that time period.”
McMansion Hell: “If you love to hate the ugly houses that became ubiquitous before (and after) the bubble burst you’ve come to the right place.”
Montague Projects (and the mostly defunct but content-rich blog)
“Julian Montague is a Buffalo, N.Y.-based artist, graphic designer, illustrator, and photographer. He employs his design, illustration, and photography skills in a series of art projects that explore the peripheral features of the domestic and urban environment.”
“The seemingly infinite number of vintage record jackets that convey their message with only simple shapes and typography never cease to amaze us. Project Thirty-Three is our personal collection and shrine to circles and dots, squares and rectangles, and triangles, and the designers that make these shapes come to life on album covers.
This site was created and is maintained by Jive Time Records, a Seattle-based store specializing in used vinyl.”
“During the period between the two World Wars, the Czechoslovak Republic was an important and prolific center for avant-garde book design. Signed, limited editions showcased experimental design techniques, high-quality materials, and specially commissioned graphics. Book design for the general public, although mass-produced and much more affordable, was similarly innovative and attentive to questions of design.”
Iconography and Liturgical Arts:
Icons and Their Interpretation: “Information for the objective student of Russian, Greek, and Balkan icons.”
The Painted Word! No, We Don’t Write Holy Icons
Orthodox Arts Journal: “Articles and news for the promotion of traditional Orthodox Christian liturgical arts.”
A Reader’s Guide to Orthodox Icons
Eastern Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, & Religious Miscellany.:
“A spiritual anthology drawn from the Greek and Russian traditions, concerned in particular with the most frequently used and best loved of all Orthodox prayers–the Jesus Prayer. Texts are taken chiefly from the letters of Bishop Theopan the Recluse, along with many other writers.”
How to Be a Perfect Stranger: The Essential Religious Etiquette Handbook
Inside the World’s Only Surviving Tattoo Shop for Medieval Pilgrims: “The Razzouk family has been inking religious pilgrims in the Middle East for 700 years.”
“The Living God is a unique catechetical work for families, inquirers, and adults who are searching for a clear, vivid presentation of the Christian faith. This introduction to the basic teachings and life of the Church brings together Scripture, theology, iconography, hymnography, feasts, and liturgy in a fully integrated manner…The two volumes integrate the major feasts of the liturgical year with an overview of the history of salvation. Volume I contains the period from the Creation through the Resurrection of Christ. Volume II begins with the feast of Ascension continues through the book of Revelation and concludes with the Sacraments of Prayer in the life of the Church. Both volumes are illustrated with musical examples as well as color and monochrome reproductions of icons.”
“Orthodox worship is different! Some of these differences are apparent, if perplexing, from the first moment you walk in a church. Others become noticeable only over time. Here is some information that may help you feel more at home in Orthodox worship—twelve things I wish I’d known before my first visit to an Orthodox church.”
“An Eastern Orthodox Christian perspective on eschatology. Various Christian groups continue to scream that the end is near. Read a thoroughly Orthodox perspective on the End Times. Finally, a book that doesn’t sensationalize these times, or rewrite traditional Christian teachings to fit in with the spirit of our age.”
“This question has been asked many times. Most Orthodox, in attempting to distinguish between Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism, usually mention the Pope or Purgatory, sometimes the filioque. Historically, the differences, however, are far more numerous and quite profound.
Also, in modern times, since Vatican II…that major, if not tragic attempt, to “update” Roman Catholicism (e.g., the revision of canon law), the differences between Orthodoxy and the followers of the Pope have widened.
In our present discussion, however, the concern will be those differences which have grown since Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism separated almost a thousand years ago.”
Medieval/Early Modern History:
Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index covers journal articles, book reviews, and essays in books about women, sexuality, and gender during the Middle Ages. Because of the explosion of research in Women’s Studies during the past two decades, scholars and students interested in women during the Middle Ages find an ever-growing flood of publications.
“History is often interpreted as something that happened a long time ago: a stagnant, unmoving moment in time that has little to no impact on our busy modern lives. Yet historians, archaeologists, and scholars are making new discoveries about the past every day…History is a living, breathing entity that is constantly changing, moving, and happening all around us. Medievalists.net offers readers the chance to learn and experience what is new in history by providing comprehensive coverage of news, books, articles, games, movies, pop culture and more.”
Various Social Studies, Travel, Politics, and Pop/Culture Misc.:
Atlas Obscura: “…is the definitive guide to the world’s wondrous and curious places.”
I Made the Mistake of Starting a Small Press and So Can You
Restricted Data: “…is a blog about nuclear secrecy, past and present, run by Alex Wellerstein, a historian of science at the Stevens Institute of Technology.”