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September 8, 2005

Welcome, Jon Carroll readers
Posted by Patrick at 08:56 AM * 12 comments

We’ve long thought Jon was the best unsyndicated columnist in America, so finding the link back to us in this morning’s column was like blearily padding to the kitchen to find that someone has left a pound of genuine Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee. If you’re coming here from there, check out our comment threads, which (as Teresa says) are the best part of this weblog. If you’re a Making Light regular who’s never browsed the Jon Carroll archives at, then by all means, go, do.

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#1 ::: Madeleine Robins ::: (view all by) ::: September 08, 2005, 09:20 AM:

Being the backward sort, I always read Jon Carroll's column in the Datebook section of the Chronicle first, then work my way backward into the news sections of the paper, arriving in the front section sometime around my second cup of coffee. Imagine my delight, as I blearily made school lunches this morning, to find Making Light there. Very cool.

#2 ::: Rivka ::: (view all by) ::: September 08, 2005, 09:28 AM:

Hey, congratulations! It couldn't have happened to a better blog.

#3 ::: Serge ::: (view all by) ::: September 08, 2005, 11:04 AM:

I was pleasantly surprised when I read Carroll's column this morning. But not THAT surprised. When the subject of his column is book recommendations, it's not unusual for an SF writer to actually make it. No snooty reader he.


#4 ::: Terry Karney ::: (view all by) ::: September 08, 2005, 11:27 AM:

That was how I felt when you guys linked to me.


#5 ::: Allen Baum ::: (view all by) ::: September 08, 2005, 11:28 AM:

Huh - I thought I'd be the first to congratulate you, then realized I had the time zone thang backwards.

I have to say I read John Carroll last, as in
"saving the best for "

#6 ::: Mark ::: (view all by) ::: September 08, 2005, 12:23 PM:

Nice -- "instantly indispensable." If Making Light were a book you'd have a cover blurb right there. Congratulations (and to Whiskey Bar, Interdictor, and the others as well) from a long-time Jon Carroll reader.

#7 ::: Clifton Royston ::: (view all by) ::: September 08, 2005, 12:42 PM:

Cool. Not being in SF, I save up a week or two's worth of columns and then binge on Jon Carroll on their website.

Thank you, Mr. Carroll. Your humanity, humor, and philosophy have made the last eight years since I found your column just a bit more tolerable.

#8 ::: Matt Austern ::: (view all by) ::: September 08, 2005, 12:42 PM:

I wonder what fraction of Making Light regulars have Unitarian Jihad names? Pretty high, I'd think.

#9 ::: d ::: (view all by) ::: September 08, 2005, 01:15 PM:

I *heart* Jon Carroll. Having him link to here was like finding out 2 good friends that I thought had never met actually know and like each other. Lovely.

Another very good sfgate link is today's Katrina-related fiore cartoon:
Warning: might make you cry. It did me.

#10 ::: Lori ::: (view all by) ::: September 08, 2005, 01:54 PM:

Thanks to Jon - again - this is a terrific thing that he does... I also read him every morning. Now I look forward to exploring "the light" ....

#11 ::: Michael Alan Dorman ::: (view all by) ::: September 08, 2005, 02:59 PM:

I've been reading Jon Carroll on the web for about a decade based on an offhand recommendation one or the other of you made back in the SFRT days.

It is amusing to see him return the favor, however belatedly.

#12 ::: Patrick Weekes ::: (view all by) ::: September 08, 2005, 06:43 PM:

I'm just glad he's online. Since I moved away from the SF area, I was worried that I wouldn't be able to get my daily fix.

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