East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Meeting strangers in the wilderness


My post about Robert E. Howard’s anniversary was an unprecedented success (thanks, dear readers!) and it also brought some more goodness my way.

I was pointed in the direction of Frontier Partisans, a blog maintained by Jim Cornelius that is an absolute treasure trove of learned and opinionated articles about he Old (and Not So Old) West, barbarism, history, and adventure books.


And tons of other good stuff – I’ll have to spend quite a while browsing the stacks and taking notes. Already I have found books to read, music to listen to, and characters to inspire future posts or stories.
And then there’s The Muster – Jim’s collection of links, which promises to bring me down a few previously unknown routes, to discover more wonders.

Isn’t that great?
I wish I got more suggestions like this (hint hint, nudge nudge).

This used to be one of the perks of inhabiting the blogsphere – you get to meet like-minded people living thousands of miles away, and you find a common ground, a sense of familiarity, and an on-going conversation.
We are all travelers in the desert, and we meet in way-stations and caravansaries. That was the whole point of calling this blog Karavansara (that, and the fact that it’s pretty cool, if I do say so myself).


And I’ll sound like a grumpy old man or what, but all this social-networks stuff that’s been going on recently has spoiled part of this fun in meeting and discovering that was (and still is, but not so much) the esence of blogging. Facebook and Twitter are probably too fast, too crowded.
It’s sort of like, if you will, driving along a superhighway has robbed us of some of the perks of walking through the wilderness.

Me, I’m still a blog sort of guy. I like walking to my destinations, and sitting down for my conversations.


So, here’s two things about this post…
Thing the first – check out Frontier Partisans. You’ll thank me later.
Thing the second: suggestions are always welcome, so if you think there’s a blog I might like (you know my tastes), or that covers the sort of stuff that I try and cover here (ditto), please drop me a line, or put the link in the comments.

And this is it – now, I’ll go and try to find an easy way to turn the ugly links list in the sidebar into an attractive page on the blog (once again, suggestions welcome).

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

2 thoughts on “Meeting strangers in the wilderness

  1. Thanks for the plug Davide. I’m in 100 percent agreement re: the perks of blogging. Connections like this are wonderful — and you don’t get ’em, at least as deeply, through FB and whatnot.

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