Update: Also, don’t forget to check out the “Lovely Folks @ Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Place” blogroll on the right!

Anyone who reads this blog knows that I have great respect and deep fondness for Ta-Nehisi Coates, a man to whom I link almost compulsively, whose writing slays me on a nearly daily basis, and whose generosity of spirit and openness to the new are not only moving, but they’ve led him to almost accidentally create an online community of real depth and warmth. It’s a group of people who are geeky in the best possible sense of the word, emotionally and intellectually honest, and a joy to hang out with, at our virtual watercooler.

And today, Ta-Nehisi not only “front-paged” me (in the parlance of those-who-comment-on-blogs), he full-on endorsed me:

I’ve been meaning to say the following–All of you should be reading Emily Hauser’s blog. Emily, who comments here, got a shout-out from Nicholas Kristof during Peretz-gate (and someone else who I can’t remember.) But that aside, she impresses me because she displays a quality which all bloggers struggle with–commitment.

This doesn’t happen to me often, but I am, in fact, speechless. Thank you, TNC, and thank you all you commenters and lurkers who are now swinging by at TNC’s recommendation. I’ll be sure to get a real post up later today (I mean, if all these guests are going to stop by, I really should serve them a little something, I think!), but in the meantime, I just wanted to say: Wow.


And to get the ball rolling, I’ll use the little introduction I cooked up the other day, when (as TNC so kindly noted) Nicholas Kristof linked to me:

The About page is a good place to start — I’m a freelance writer who used to write commentary all over the place, until the world of print and the world’s finances collapsed, and well, upsy-daisy! Now I blog.

I write a lot about Israel/Palestine, and from there often spin out into other Middle Eastern issues, broadly speaking — hence, all the writing I’ve done lately on Islam, including my general fulminating on the Cordoba House/ “Ground Zero Mosque” issue.

But I also stray pretty far from those core areas, the areas in which I got my education and professional background. Occasionally, for instance, I blog about stuff like Martin Luther King’s Strength to Love, or my two gorgeous children, or magazines I hate (and other stuff that I don’t hate), or music. I’ve written about Winnie the Pooh and a really annoying Heineken ad, body issues and the crying need to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. (For a while there I was writing a lot about health care reform, but phew! That one’s under our belt now!).

In short, this place covers quite a range. I hope you take some time to look around, and if you like what you see, you come back, and maybe even comment! (And why not tell your friends – it couldn’t hurt!).


  1. BlueStateWatchDog

     /  September 24, 2010

    I am an infrequent lurker in your “place”…but wanted to make my prescence known in light of your newfound celebrity 🙂

  2. SiubhanDuinne

     /  September 24, 2010

    Emily, I am just knocked out by this great endorsement from TNC — although, I must say, not in the least surprised. So well-deserved. I was talking off-line the other day with a fellow Balloon Juice commenter, and we agreed that your writing, opinions, and personality are highlights of any thread.

    Big, big congratulations!

  3. Jeff

     /  September 24, 2010

    I have gotten a flavor of your commentary from the comments at Balloon Juice. And it’s good to know that not only TNC but JC has also endorsed your blog– soon you’ll be the go-to place on the net.

  4. You rock, ee, and you roll. This is a highly-deserved kudos and from such a respected man as TNC! Now, let’s see how big a bump he gives you in comparison to the one Cole gave you!

    P.S. Take a minute to bask in satisfaction. All the hard work and labor of love you have put in this blog is bearing fruit now. Your eloquence, your thoughtfulness, your intelligence, and your compassion shine through with every word you pen (except about Bono, but we can agree to disagree). You are an example of someone who richly deserves all the success she gets (and more).

  5. thegrandpanjandrum

     /  September 24, 2010

    Emily I can’t think of anyone in the blogosphere who deserves blog love more than you. Congrats! Your commitment to the issues that compel you to write make this place what it is: interesting, informative and often entertaining. Much love to you.

  6. sgoode

     /  September 24, 2010

    I’m a longtime lurker/reader at TNC and BJ. On their recs alone, I’ll add you to my daily read. Looking forward to it!

  7. Sorn Jessen

     /  September 24, 2010

    I know I already said it over at TNC’s place, but congratulations. As always much respect E. You have a lot to say and all that. Not to mention a rare combination of audacity and humility.

    Thanks for letting us read.

  8. dmf

     /  September 24, 2010

  9. good job!

  10. Joy

     /  September 24, 2010


    I know you through your comments at Balloon-Juice. It’s great TNC gave you a shout out as did John. You are now bookmarked and I look forward to your posts.

  11. Well-deserved, Emily.

    From someone totally not jealous. Totally. Not.

  1. And She Did It Without The Help Of A Big Red Dog « The Grand Panjandrum
%d bloggers like this: