Nice article in Reuters on this blogging thingie:
"To debate leading economists on hot topics like globalization and
free trade, you can hang out at Harvard — or log on to a growing group
of brainy blogs.
Blogging, the soap box for the masses, is getting a bit more
high-brow as elite professors look to share their views on the issues
of the day and interact with an audience that may not spend much time
on exclusive college campuses . . .
A recent study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project found
that bloggers typically write about their own lives and experiences,
and most have never had their work published elsewhere. Some 8 percent
of Internet users, or about 12 million Americans, keep a blog.
But high-level economists have reams of research published in
peer-reviewed journals, and the big names are routinely quoted in the
financial media and cited in policy speeches."
Blogging economists draw cyber-crowds
Reuters Wed May 2, 2007 5:57PM EDT
Yet another talented UK vocalist taking her cues from the past, but with a modern twist: Amy Winehouse. Winehouse’s 2nd album, Back to Black, freshens up the classic soul albums with original songs done in the style of the 1950/60′s girl groups.
New Yorker Magazine got it just right — “a fierce English performer whose voice combines the smoky depths of a jazz chanteuse with the heated passion of a soul singer.” I hate when people compare a new performer with the greats, but you can say that stylistically, she falls between Billie Holiday and Ronnie Spector.
This is the fourth musician we’ve spotlighted, who have gone retro — delving into an older genre and freshening it up (Bitter:Sweet, James Hunter and Joss Stone were the first three). Except for Bitter:Sweet, they all seem to hail from England.
There’s a good interview here and 4 videos of acoustic versions of her songs after the jump (I cannot link to AOL’s DL as its a terribly annoying site)