As previous Penguin Rocker awardees have noted, there don’t seem to be any rules for passing this on, so I’ll just pick a few favorite sites:
I have to second one of Tonio’s other awardees, FlickFilosopher. MaryAnn Johanson’s observations on film, TV, pop culture, and feminism are smart, funny, geeky, and well worth your while — and her forum boasts, I think, some of the liveliest and most articulate commenters on the Web.
All other links currently on my blogroll are worthy, I think. In addition:
Lost City explores the nooks and crannies of New York City — the one the casual tourists rarely see — and offers, in its words, “a running Jeremiad on the vestiges of Old New York as they are steamrolled under or threatened by the currently ruthless real estate market and the City Fathers’ disregard for Gotham’s historical and cultural fabric.”
Between Productions is the blog of freelance writer and editor Robert Cashill, who provides another smart take on film and theater.
Galactic Watercooler has enjoyably leisurely podcasts on all things geek.
I was thinking of recommending a librarian blog, but there are so many; you can check out fifty of them here.
Some favorite fantasy authors:
Ellen Kushner’s site, with links to her radio show and her blog. If you’re not familiar with her novel Swordspoint and its sequels, remedy that as soon as possible.
Catherynne Valente. Her two-book series The Orphan’s Tales is a phantasmagoria of stories within stories, a hallucinatory Arabian Nights dream. Unforgettable.
Finally — and although these hardly need any recognition from me — some sites for skeptics:
Snopes is your friend. Use it, people! I’m tired of getting breathless emails about how Einstein humiliated an atheist professor or how Oliver North warned us about Osama bin Laden. Check out what the Snopes team has to say first.
The Foundation Beyond Belief. Skeptics aren’t just naysayers; we, too, can organize to help the world in measurable ways.
And Richard Dawkins’ site, for yet more resources, articles, and community.