According to my rough calculations, based partially on scrapbook entries, I’ve published over 9,000 items since the late 60s. And according to my former technical adviser and helper Benjamin Coy back in May 2008, when jonathanrosenbaum.com was launched, over 5,500 of these appeared in the Chicago Reader. As of September 11, 2020, there were 8,898 separate items or “posts” on the new web site (including 65 items that had been prepared or reformatted but had not yet been published or republished).
In some cases, if one looks up a particular film title, one may even find shorter and longer versions of the same capsule — a reflection of the Reader’s practice in recent years of trimming some of its longer capsules to conserve space. (J.R. Jones informs me that this trimming is no longer done; after I left in paper in early 2008 and Mara Shalhoup came in as editor, longer versions of the capsules appear on the Reader‘s website and shorter versions appear in print.)
In a few cases, due to some computer glitch, capsule reviews have been transported from the Reader web site in incomplete form. In those cases, I would advise going to the Reader’s own web site for the full version of the capsule, and would appreciate it if readers who encounter this problem could email me about it (at jonathanrosenbaum at earthlink dot net) so that I can restore the full version of the review on this site.
A caveat regarding the dates at the beginning and/or end of separate entries. Many of these are correct, but at least a tenth of them and possibly many more than that are not to be trusted. The reason for this is that computers compute and follow some orders but don’t think. Over 700 of my capsule reviews were never dated on the Reader’s database, and then had to be dated arbitrarily in order to be imported; and there are probably several others that were already dated incorrectly on the database for one reason or another. Non-Reader entries from monthly, bimonthly or quarterly publications also had to be assigned specific days as well as months and years, and there are most likely other glitches as well. I would welcome information from readers about ones that might be correctable, if they wish to email me (jonathanrosenbaum at earthlink.net), and I’ll correct these if I can.
On the first day of jonathanrosenbaum.net, October 8, 2013, 924 people paid 1,045 visits to this site, with 3,399 pageviews; 519 of these people came from the U.S., 93 from the U.K., 83 from Germany, 76 from Canada, 30 from Australia, 26 from Spain, 25 from Brazil, 15 from India, 14 from Argentina, 13 each from France and Peru, 11 each from Japan and Portugal, and 9 each from Indonesia and South Korea. On the same day, 1,610 people visited jonathanrosenbaum.com. On September 10, 2020, according to Goggle Analytics, there were 1,239 visits paid to jonathanrosenbaum.net from 1,137 visitors with 2,167 pageviews. And to offer a geographical breakdown, over the previous week, when there were 8,016 visits from 5,633 visitors, 4,460 of whom were new, 2,584 visitors came from the U.S., 366 from the U.K., 358 from China, 233 from Canada, 171 from Germany, 165 from Australia, 154 from India, 115 from Spain, 88 from Brazil, 82 from France, 81 from Italy, 69 from Argentina, 62 from the Netherlands, 57 from Romania, 52 from Mexico, 51 from South Korea, 49 from Sweden, 42 from Japan, 38 each from Greece and Portugal, 31 from Russia, 30 from Turkey, 29 from Hong Kong, 28 each from New Zealand and Switzerland, 25 from Austria, 23 each from Finland and the Philippines, 22 from Belgium, 21 each from Denmark, Ireland, and Malaysia, and 20 each from Bangladesh and Ukraine. The remainder came from 81 other countries.
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