I think that's what's nestled down at the bottom of the Thinking Blogger Award logo, and what an honor it is to get slapped with this glitzy, prestigious bumper sticker by the svelte and erudite Daniel Larison, D.L.P.C. Now, more than ever, paleoconservatism distills down to taste. Postmodern Conservative would appear to be, my friends, a blog which Makes Someone Else Who Blogs Think. And if I can penetrate into the Byzantine crenellations of the brain of a ... well ... at any rate, my duty now is to relay that the Award in question began here, and to virally spread the collective joy of intellectation, wit, and urbane snark. And of course sound aesthetic judgment. I have been issued the following commandments:

1. If and only if you get tagged, post links to 5 blogs, in no clear order, that make you think,
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
3. Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote (here is an alternative silver version if gold doesn’t fit your blog).

I must appoint The Duck of Minerva and The Washington Realist, both of which I knew and liked before coming to Georgetown; Patum Peperium, which, as Fountains of Wayne says, is not about the money but the recipes; and, on the big-stable list, No Left Turns and Crooked Timber.

There are of course hordes of other accolades I could offer, some nepotistic, some qualified by very sporadic posting rates, some so well-established that awards are superfluous. The five presented here show a slight but inevitable tilt toward the style, tone, and content of academics, but the clutch of these 5 does a fair job of capturing in just a morning's surfing what on Earth it is one ought to be concerned about for the rest of the day, or, occasionally, week. And if that isn't making a person think I don't know what is.

Thinking Blogger: Not necessarily a contradiction in terms!