If you need a blog fix, now, may I suggest any or all of the following? One of the country’s best reporters, Joe Torres, is on a month-long study tour of the United States; he has written 10 posts thus far, in his inimitably minimalist, opposite-of-earnest way. Another good friend, Gigi Santos, is back in the States, after a week and a half in Manila. She has written five post-Manila entries since, each one an elegantly written revelation. Howie Severino has the gift for looking at the same news events we all experience but seeing more to them, or at least finding the unexpected, but why-didn’t-I-think-of-that angle. His latest post is the Pinoy connection to New Orleans (today, like Vivien Leigh’s Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire, in much-reduced circumstances). Finally, there is Alecks Pabico’s even-handed look at the political maneuvering taking place in Congress; he takes the administration to task, but also does not excuse the opposition’s own brand of patronage politics.