The Hotlist: October 2013
A Guide to the Web’s Most Cutting Edge New Media Content

Compiled by Elliot Feldman 

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Fake It Till You Make It

Fake It Till You Make It is a Web sitcom produced and written by Jaleel White who played super-nerd Steve Urkel on Family Matters. The series is about a former child star turned Hollywood image consultant who manages three aspiring starlets. Eight five to six-minute episodes launched online and then on Hulu in 2010. Guest stars have included Debbie Allen and Wayne Brady.

BattelleMedia SearchBlog
John Battelle is a recognized online technology pioneer, helping launch Wired in the ‘90s and The Industry Standard magazine. He also founded Federated Media, the online advertising network, and co-founded the annual Web 2.0 Summit. On top of all his achievements, Battelle also maintains SearchBlog, his daily blog that covers all things related to the "intersection of search, media, technology and more." Note that the blog is currently archived back to 2004.

PandoDaily is a technology blog with a focus on news, happenings, and events particularly regarding business startups in Silicon Valley. It was started by well-respected writer Sarah Lacy who began covering technology company startups for TechCrunch. Pando guest contributors have included TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington and Slate writer Farhad Manjoo. PandoDaily also offers monthly "fireside chat" online events with technology movers and shakers.

The Monkey Cage
The Monkey Cage is a political science blog that became part of The Washington Post in 2013. It was founded by George Washington University professor Michael Sides. Three other chief contributors include fellow academics Andrew Gelman (Columbia University), Erik Voeten (Georgetown), Joshua Tucker (NYU), and Henry Farrell (George Washington). In 2012, Time magazine named them the best political blog.

Shorpy Historical Photo Archive is a beautiful art blog that covers the history of photography. It started when former Washington Post editor Dave Hall posted his personal public domain photography collection in amazing high definition. Photography giants include Lewis Hine and Dorothea Lange, The user comments on each image are almost as interesting as the images themselves.

Carol Diehl's Art Vent
Noted art critic Carol Diehl is a contributing editor for Art in America. Her Art Vent blog is a collection of her commentaries on architecture, film, music and especially contemporary visual art. The site's subtitle is "letting the fresh air in."


A Storied Career
Dr. Kathy Hansen is a PhD specializing in job searches and career advancement. A Storied Career is her blog on the art of storytelling, pertaining especially to its practical uses for blogs, social networks, and particularly for use in strategies for career advancement. Besides Hansen's commentary, the blog includes interviews with noted storytelling practitioners including Hollywood film producer Peter Guber, information architect Louis Rosenfeld and storytelling academic Whitney Quesenbery.


Narrative Magazine
Founded by Esquire magazine editor Tom Jenks and author Carol Edgarian, Narrative Magazine is "dedicated to advancing the literary arts in the digital age." Their online library of writings includes works by the likes of T.C. Boyle, Joyce Carol Oates, Tobias Wolff, and Ann Beattie. They also offer their Narrative Prize for best short story. Esquire has called Narrative Magazine one of the best online literary magazines.

The New Inquiry
Launched by writers Mary Borkowski, Jennifer Bernstein, and Rachel Rosenfelt, The New Inquiry emerged from a young writers salon held at New York City's Brazenhead Bookstore. It is a magazine of culture and politics finished every few weeks and posted as a PDF. The zines's blog is updated daily. The editors call The New Inquiry "a movement as much as a magazine."
Anderbo is an online literary magazine dedicated to fiction and creative non-fiction, as well as photography, and poetry. The zine was founded by Rick Rofihe, a writer whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Village Voice, and SPY. Anderbo sponsors contests for self-published fiction and creative non-fiction writers, and poets.


Rutgers University computer science Yuri Vishnevsky created Silk, an interactive digital art application where users create art by moving their mouses to generate seemingly endless beautiful moving designs. He is currently looking for funding to develop this application for the iPad and other mobile devices.

Koalas to the Max dot com
Vadim Ogievetsky is part of Stanford University's Data Visualization Program. His interactive online art application is a grid of circles that divide into seemingly endless smaller circles with the touch of a cursor.

Soulwire – Experiments in Code
Interactive developer Justin Windle works at Google. He describes himself as a "creative technologist." Soulwire is his techie name as well as his interactive art Web site where users can experience his innovative "experiments in code" in Javascript and other interactive development platforms.

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Elliot Feldman's novel, Sitting Shiva, was published in 2003 -- ISBN: 0964374064. And check out his comics at Scene4 Magazine - WARNING: Not for the easily offended.