I’ve carried Rittenhouse Review on my blogroll from the beginning of The Mahablog (which is five years old today, btw). At the time Mahablog was born, Rittenhouse Review was already a well-established blog. It was one of the first blogs I know of that was really written, meaning it was thoroughly and artfully composed and not just a collection of links bracketed by snark. Rittenhouse blazed a trail for blogging as literature and set a high standard the rest of us struggle to reach. That’s why I’ve got it listed under “Great Literature” on the blogroll now.
I did not know the proprietor, Jim Capozzola, personally. But with the rest of the blogosphere I am sadden to learn that he died yesterday. Susie Madrak of Suburban Guerrilla did know him personally. “The world is so much less scintillating without him in it,” she says.
I can’t quite bring myself to remove the link yet. The Great Literature roll used to contain Fafblog and Body and Soul, now gone quiet. I don’t believe anything bad happened to those bloggers, but losing a great blog is a little like losing a friend, and I still miss them. I trust my two remaining “greats,” Lance Mannion and James Wolcott, are well.
But while there are goings, there are also comings. Some friends of the late, great Steve Gilliard are continuing The News Blog as The Group News Blog. Drop by today and say hi.