Monthly Archives: February 2009

Review Directory Up and Running! (and an update Feb’s Mini-Challenge)

Whew-I added all of our reviews so far to the directory. We already have seventeen reviews guys! By far, the most popular categories right now are Worldwide Issues and History. The only category with no reviews is Economics, but I’ve read an economics selection, so I’ll try to get the review up soon. 🙂 Right now, I have the directory organised by category, and then each review is kind of haphazardly listed. Do you think I should sort reviews within the categories? I was thinking either by title alphabetically or chronologically by when the review was published.

It’s getting towards the end of the month, and no one’s participated in this month’s mini-challenge. I’ve decided on the prize-I’ll mail you three current-edition periodicals of your choice. Since no one’s done it so far, you have a good chance of winning if you enter! Here are the rules, in case it’s slipped your mind.


Re: Thomas Friedman

Those of you who read my book blog probably realise that I loathe Friedman. To find out why, here’s a great post on Citizen Reader that discusses this awesome critique of his new book. (The critique contains swearing, fyi. Still awesome, though!)

Feburary Mini-Challenge: Periodicals

It’s time for the second mini-challenge of the year! This month, if you choose to participate, read an article from a newspaper, magazine, or journal and discuss it on your blog. The article should be something to do with ‘world citizenship,’ so just make sure it’s somethign international. If you don’t subscribe to any periodicals, many have free online viewing. And feel free to read in a foreign language if you can! I’ve included some magazine links, but it’s very America-centric, so feel free to suggest more in the comments and I’ll add them here. 🙂

Newsweek International
The Economist (my favourite!!)
Foreign Affairs
Foreign Policy
U.S. News & World Report

Recommended by Dark Orpheus:
The Utne Reader
Mother Jones

At the end of the month, I’ll do a drawing of all participants. I’m not sure what the prize will be yet, but I’ll let you know soon!

Draw for the January Challenge

Unfortunately, Amazon failed me and didn’t get the inflatable globe here. So instead this month’s winner will get two books from my giveaway pile and The Economist‘s Facts and Figures 2008 (it’s a cute little mini world atlas).

And the winner (I totaled up everyone’s participation, then got a random number generated between 1 and 95) is Becca (lupingirl)! She played more than double as much as anyone else, so the odds were definitely in her favour.

Thanks to everyone who participated. 🙂