Bernard Saffran's "Recommendations for Further Reading" was my favorite section of the Journal of Economic Perspectives. Any issue might be bereft of articles that would interest me, but Saffran's list was always full of interesting things to read. Unfortunately, Saffran has passed away. Arnold Kling describes the man behind the column in this Tech Central Station piece. One sensed from his writing that this was a guy you'd love to have a conversation with, and Kling's piece confirms it.
Kling notes that Saffran's "column was a predecessor of today's web logs, in that it provided rich links to a variety of interesting material." That's a useful observation itself, and gives me more confidence that what bloggers are doing will have lasting value. I think I'll raise a glass to the first econ "blogger" tonight.