At 1UP, thanks to Lara Crigger. There appears to be a main article (following the usual scheme of such articles, it starts by referring to the good old days of Infocom, but it does branch out to some history of modern IF) and a feature recommending some IF for beginners — Lost Pig, Ecdysis, Tales of the Traveling Swordsman, Galatea, and Photopia, this time around.
The other day I posted to Jay Is Games about the Commonplace Book Project games, and now there is a moderate-sized comment thread, in case you’re interested in reading some more reactions to Ecdysis, The Cellar, and Dead Cities. The thread also contains some hints about several of the chief puzzles. (And it appears that Dead Cities has even more possible outcomes than I realized myself.)
Reviews of a couple more games from the Commonplace Book Project: