Dear TDB readers,
I wondered if this description of my online magazine, Tikkunista, was inappropriately self-serving for a post on Tikkun Daily so I asked Dave if he thought it was worth posting. He asked that I share his answer, which follows.
I think this post would help a lot of people understand the appeal to the writer of online writing and blogging. We are looking for more people like you who want to do this on Tikkun Daily. We especially want people, whether they are generalists or not, who are able to take a “beat” that fits with our spiritual progressive mission. We are looking for people who will not focus so much on writing their own views (as most of my own posts do, for example), as on reporting to us – with a smart comment or three – on what is happening on their beat out there in the world. So what is happening in the progressive evangelical or Catholic worlds, in First Nations spirituality/politics, in progressive Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, in more “spiritual” or non-religiophobic atheism, and so on? Some of our best posts have been of this kind. Someone who wants a useful way to spend a few hours a week keeping us up to date on a specific area of their expertise could have as much fun as you have been having these last few years.
Tikkunista is the online magazine I created. I describe it as my “weekly winnowing of links to politics, art, and culture”, though the weekly part is a slight exaggeration; it only gets put out about forty times a year. It consists of about 40-55 links, grouped together into about a dozen categories. The first and last two categories are definite: it starts with followups on topics from previous issues, and upcoming political actions (Toronto centric); it ends with Eyecandy (a collection of pretty pictures) and the quote of the week. The eight central categories vary, but always move from heavier political to lighter and more amusing topics, a structure that I adopted for the same reason that parents serve children vegetables before they offer them dessert.
Last week, for example, Tikkunista started with sections on Israel’s somewhat chaotic leadership style (Israel’s foreign minister had just attacked his own prime minister in front of the UN, which is unusual in politics) and on China’s economic expansion (starting from Mao’s “great leap forward”, currently estimated to have cost 54 million lives.) The two sections before Eyecandy’s autumn special were a collection of sculptural websites (Maori, landscape, wooden postmodern) and a look at the positive aspects of computers (which balanced the previous week’s look at their negative aspects.) Each section starts with “Bird’s Eye”, a paragraph or two in which I look at what ties the following set of links together and why it matters. I’ve been putting Tikkunista out into the world for seven years, and from time to time I wonder why I do.