You might have noticed that I don’t have a blog roll. This is because I don’t like cluttering up the sidebar with lists, and in a weird social-anxiety sort of way, I always felt like I couldn’t keep up with returning the favor to all the nice people who have blog rolled me.
But since I still want to promote all the bad-ass people writing good things on the internet, I thought I’d give you a blog roll in a post, and award my favorite bloggers with honorary gorilla-dom. Oh and, not to be forgotten, the legalese: I am not responsible for any content on any of the websites listed below, duh.
ten blogs preferred by gorillas everywhere
Ecowhore // This is my favorite blog on the whole wide internets. But! It is subscription-only, so go read her previous blog Hobo Stripper for a taste of the stripping/living in a van/living in the woods/alaska/diy/rewilding stories that you can expect from Ecowhore and then subscribe already.
Fish In the Water // Written by a delightful co-possessor of Stewart genetic material (what’s that word? nepotism?), this blog centers around food. Local food, seasonal recipes, starting your own organic farm (which she is in the throes of doing), post-vegan meat and cheese eating, and general gorilla-esque thoughts about life and how it could be lived.
Birds Before the Storm // Steam punk author (Steamy Punk, Mythmakers and Lawbreakers) Magpie writes about “airships, anarchism, etc” and is pretty much the only reason that I had any idea what is going on in the wider world of anarchism and activism. A hundred gorillas to you, Magpie!
I Am Not Afraid of Winter // Author of zines Dirt and Cheese and hunger, love isn’t afraid of winter, of riding freight trains, of hitch hiking across the US, or of writing about all of it. And as far as I know she is the lifelong holder of the infamous prize (that I have just invented): “best metaphor on the internets.”
Strangers in a Tangled Wilderness // Strangers on Strangers: “Strangers is a remarkably tiny collective dedicated to the gift economic practice and the encouragement of alternative culture.” They put out fabulous things like The Super Happy Anarcho-Fun Pages, and you can download lots of fine zines from their website for free.
Urban Scout // This is another rewilding/diy/down-with-empire blog that I was very excited to discover recently. So far it’s like reading things that I could imagine having written myself, except with a different perspective and style. Sweet.
Snarky Tofu // What writing! What adventures! What hilarity! Fucking fantastic travel blog, mostly focusing on Asia.
Lonely Girl Travels // Lauren on Lauren: ” Lauren Quinn is a travel-addicted freelance writer. She’s actually not that lonely, but does love traveling sola. Lauren is not a corporate escapee, reformed 9-5er or English teacher living in Asia—she’s a waitress, poet and former zine maker. Raised in Oakland on punk rock, malt liquor and Marxism-Leninism, Lauren has traveled independently (and once illegally) to over twenty countries across four continents.” Sweet travel writing, and on top of it, Lauren is incredibly kind to me and my writing. Back at you, Lauren.
So there. I hereby present you all with the Gorilla Award. Have a banana, a kiss, and a few of my readers.
Other neat things and people:
Wagendorf: News from all of Germany’s wagenplätze.
Hacked IRL: Hilarious street art.
CrimethInc: People who deserve lots of high fives.
Food Not Bombs: More people who deserve lots of high fives.
Literary Bohemian: Beautiful, beautiful writing. Wow.
Have You Seen This Girl: Another fellow gorilla.
Swift Sparrow Swallow: Yet another fellow gorilla.
Frugal Roo: An insane amount of information about living like a king on no money.
Letters Home: Ex-pat blogging from Hamburg.
BTA: Poetry, String Felons’ Tour Diaries, usw.
Soulgasm Records: Release and show (up)dates, if you happen to be in the Baltimore area.
Shattered Wig Press: Long live Normal’s Books and Records, Shattered Wigs, and the nights belonging to them.
If I haven’t managed to get yer website in it, just post it in the comments below. I am weary of copying and pasting links and code, and there is so much interesting shit going on on the internet that it almost gives me hope. Though perhaps what I hope most of all is that some of it lands on paper before the end of the world. Cheers.