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July 15, 2009
Daily Reading (7/15/09)
The Annotated White House Flickr Feed. Hilarious.
June 29, 2009
Daily Reading (6/29/09)
A really interesting essay: My Husband's Other Wife
June 05, 2009
Daily Reading (6/5/09)
So, Betty? You know, in Archie? Kind of nuts.
June 03, 2009
Daily Reading (6/3/09)
Will Sotomayor really be good for women?
May 29, 2009
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May 23, 2009
Daily Reading (5/23/09)
The Republicans - or, well, some Republicans; it doesn't seem to be an official party thing - have put out a health care plan. Here's the summary (PDF).
May 20, 2009
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May 19, 2009
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May 18, 2009
Daily Reading (5/18/09)
Why we should stop the drone attacks in Pakistan.
Imagine, for example, that burglars move into a neighborhood. If the police were to start blowing up people’s houses from the air, would this convince homeowners to rise up against the burglars? Wouldn’t it be more likely to turn the whole population against the police? And if their neighbors wanted to turn the burglars in, how would they do that, exactly? Yet this is the same basic logic underlying the drone war.
Here's the big story on Donald Rumsfeld that everyone's been talking about.
A fun profile of the President's foreign policy speechwriter.
The White House is blogging about yarn stores. No, really.
May 15, 2009
Daily Reading (5/15/09)
Another 100 Best 20th Century Novels list. I've read fourteen of them.
May 14, 2009
Daily Reading (5/14/09)
A new Clash of the Titans? WIth Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes? This is pretty much the best news ever.
April 27, 2009
Daily Reading (4/16/09)
Oops. Obviously, I put this together a while ago and forgot to post...
The Case for Memorizing Poetry
April 10, 2009
Daily Reading (4/10/09)
The Onion: Scholars Discover 23 Blank Pages That May As Well Be Lost Samuel Beckett Play
April 09, 2009
Daily Reading (4/9/09)
Much Ado About Levi
April 03, 2009
Daily Reading (4/3/09)
I know I've been linking to practically every Gail Collins column recently, but I love her. The People Have Mumbled
March 31, 2009
Daily Reading (3/31/09)
A hilarious (no, really) G20 FAQ.
March 26, 2009
Daily Reading (3/26/09)
I love these "how things actually work" stories (especially when they sound like something out of The West Wing): 'Specials' push Obama agenda on Hill
March 25, 2009
Daily Reading (3/25/09)
Star Trek perfume and cologne? Really?
February 17, 2009
Some Random Links...
I don't have a lot to say about most of these, but they were fun...
Interactive NPR Stations Map. So you can get directions for your road trip including how to listen to NPR the whole way. I have been wanting this to exist for years.
A list of the best TV couples. At least four or five of my favorites are on there.
Heart-Conscious Actress Jane Kaczmarek Knows 'The Price and Privilege of Citizenship' Seriously, she's so great I can't even fake-hate her for being married to Brad Whitford.
And this is old, but I just found it - great West Wing quotes, mostly about Josh and Donna. My favorite:
"The first thing they should do when they start cloning people is clone Brad Whitford. I think it should be a constitutional right that all women have one." - Janel Moloney (Donna)
I'll show you a picture of knitting tonight. I promise.
January 06, 2009
Daily Reading (1/6/09)
Executive Orders: The Famous, the Infamous, & the Ridiculous
January 05, 2009
Daily Reading (1/5/09)
January 02, 2009
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And I found the following unpublished list of recommended articles from back in November. Some of them are rather dated by now, but they were all good, so I'm throwing them in here:
October 24, 2008
Daily Reading (10/24/08)
Yeah, apparently we're all politics all the time today. Sorry. It'll be over soon. And check out my New Hampshire related posts at NH Political Info.
McCain volunteer who claimed to have been attacked by an Obama supporter admits she made it up. (An Obama canvasser, on the other hand, was actually attacked.) Ackerman on the Ashley Todd incident.
The White House clarifies that Bush did indeed vote for McCain. Hee.
Yglesias asks what I've been wondering: Why is helping small business necessarily the goal of public policy?
October 23, 2008
Daily Reading (10/23/08)
Look! Candidate teddy bears!
The Punditocracy's Seven Biggest Blunders of the 2008 Election Um, guys? The election isn't over yet! Let's not be overhasty here. I'm sure there are plenty of errors yet to be made.
Ackerman: Finally, an Exit Strategy
Nate Silver thinks some likely voter models are suspect.
Apparently tons of Democrats are voting early.
October 22, 2008
Daily Reading (10/22/08)
The RNC buys Palin a $150K wardrobe. Personally, I don't really care what her clothes cost - unless the RNC paying for them is of questionable legality. So I'm going to wait and see on that one. I will also say that I now want them to take back everything they said about Edwards's $400 hair cut.
Sarah Palin's college years left no lasting impression. Um, yeah, that's the less-than-neutral-sounding headline, but it sounds like they're saying it's literally true. Interesting.
Catharine MacKinnon: Obama is the way forward for women.
Ron Elving: Why can't the presidential polls just get along?
Ruth Marcus: The 'Socialist' Scare
Coming up in Sunday's Times magazine: a pre-post-mortem on the McCain campaign.
Is Palin setting herself up for 2012? That would probably be the best course of action for her at this point.
And, of course, police are preparing for riots. Yes, this is part of why I can't think about election day without feeling sick. I'm half-convinced that there will be some sort of violence regardless of the outcome.
October 21, 2008
Daily Reading (10/21/08)
Arts and Culture:
The Atlantic, one of my favorite magazines, has a new design. Read about it here
A fascinating look at the term paper market. It's too bad I'm so darn ethical, because it actually sounds kind of fun.
NPR social networking now has groups.
Not that we're surprised, but the IMF is bailing out Iceland.
Obama is taking a break from campaigning to visit his seriously ill grandmother. Get well soon, Mrs. Dunham!
A North Carolina Congressman claims that liberals "hate real Americans." Yeah. Goes nicely with Palin's statement that there are "pro-America areas" of the country and Bachmann's whole thing about anti-American views held by Obama and other senators.
Obama will be in Chicago's Grant Park on election night. Personally, I can't even say or type "election night" without feeling ill.
Trying to figure out the differences between all the polls? Here's a tracking poll primer.
Fareed Zakaria endorses Obama.
Spencer Ackerman on the movie W.
Gail Collins and David Brooks have a kind of hilarious back-and-forth about early voting.
Let's not forget that both sides have people doing bad things.
Oh good, time to start worrying about this: How accurate are exit polls?
Sarah Palin? Not as outsidery as she says.
McCain supporters heckle early voters. Charming.
October 20, 2008
Daily Reading (10/20/08)
Hertzberg on McCain's Colombia fixation.
A New Yorker profile of Joe Biden.
October 16, 2008
Daily Reading (10/16/08)
Where shark attacks are most common. Heh. I love The Economist.
Freeing the Elephants - a fascinating article on the controversy surrounding Babar.
Jezebel has a fascinating examination of policy and economics in The Long Winter. Whoa. I want to go reread it now.
Levi Johnston gives an interview. He seems like a decent kid. I hope they make it work.
Go read a little pregnant on McCain's contempt for women.
A county in New York prints "Barack Osama" on absentee ballots. Um, oops?
The XX Factor: Why I Miss John Edwards. Me too!
What was with the connection McCain kept making between Palin and autism? This was driving me crazy last night.
Oooh, big long Matt Bai Times Magazine piece coming out! Yay! Working for the Working-Class Vote
October 13, 2008
Daily Reading (10/10/08)
Oops, forgot to post this the other day...
Ignore the Dow. Watch the TED Spread.
Megan McArdle: How Did It All Happen?
This is brilliant: Apparently MA is doing voter registration at Dunkin' Donuts. If you're not familiar with New England, this may not make sense, but it's really ridiculously perfect.
TNR thinks it's over. I'm not even letting myself think that. I guess I'm more superstitious than I'd thought.
Sarah Palin's "folk" problem. I think Meacham gets at something I've been thinking about various candidates during this whole election cycle - WHY do we want a "normal" person to be president (or VP, or whatever)? I don't WANT the president to be just like me! I want a president who is smarter than I am and wiser than I am and braver than I am and more thoughtful than I am and better than I am in pretty much every way possible. And yes, I guess that's basically the definition of "elite." I want the people in charge to be elite. Isn't that the whole point?
And here's a TNR profile of Palin.
The lead federal prosecutor of the Weathermen objects to people trying to link Obama to Ayers. Good for him.
October 09, 2008
Daily Reading (10/08/08)
Possibly the best banned books display ever. (Thanks for the tip, Kate!)
Yes We Carve - Barack O'Lanterns. Hee.
Yes We Can (Hold Babies) brings the political cuteness. Aww.
Peggy Noonan on the VP debate.
The New Yorker endorses Obama. Not that we're surprised or anything.
October 01, 2008
Daily Reading (10/1/08)
Arts and History
The correspondence between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell has been published.
Cities are having to cut back or stop necessary projects because they can't get financing. This really is affecting everyone. It's not just a "big business" thing.
New DC gossip blog: Unattributable
Bill Kristol on how McCain can win.
The New Yorker has (another? didn't they do this already?) very interesting profile of Cindy McCain.
And it's a theme! What's the matter with Michigan?
September 23, 2008
Daily Reading (9/23/08)
Interesting profile of Maurice Sendak
In case there wasn't enough to worry about right now, don't forget about Somalia!
You know who we really need during this economic crisis? Eliot Spitzer.
Something weird is going on with a GOP mailing in Florida, but it's not clear exactly what.
September 05, 2008
Daily Reading (9/5/08)
Until the election, I'm going to break these posts up into political and non-political sections so that those of you who are sick of politics can skip that easily.
From the Anchorage Daily News: Governor is stonewalling the Troopergate investigation.
Did James McCain break the law by appearing on stage?
Yglesias on hockey. Hee.
Well-written and well-thought-out blog post: Comparisons are odious.
Palin put the jet up on eBay, but it didn't sell there.
September 04, 2008
Daily Reading (9/4/08)
Dear Dept. of Homeland Security: Please don't use Wikipedia as evidence in court.
On Palin and the RNC:
Attacks, praise stretch truth at GOP convention. Yay for fact-checking!
Gloria Steinem: Palin: Wrong Woman, Wrong Message
September 03, 2008
Daily Reading (9/03/08)
The Washington Post has a nice preview of upcoming fall books.
Is Google Chrome a Web browser or an operating system?
It seems that John Le Carre's son has started writing.
In search of Roland Camberton. (No, I hadn't heard of him either, but it's interesting.)
The Henry Ford of literature. (Nope, hadn't heard of him either.)
Levi Johnston, Bristol Palin's boyfriend, is heading to the convention to be with the rest of the family. His mom sounds delightfully normal.
Aides say Palin was vetted on Wednesday. (Yes, a week ago.) Apparently this was one of the questions in the VP interviews:
If Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean announced that he was holding a news conference with a mystery person to reveal damaging information about the candidate, who would they most fear it would be?
If Wright was an issue, then Palin's pastor should be an issue, right? Palin was at church a few weeks ago when her pastor said that terrorist attacks in Israel were God's punishment of the Jewish people who have not converted to Christianity.
A lobbyist Palin hired has ties to Ted Stevens and Jack Abramoff.
It looks like Palin was not a member of the Alaska Independence Party. Her husband was, but I'm not convinced that matters.
September 02, 2008
Daily Reading (9/2/08)
The more things change... A great Didion essay from 1988 on political conventions.
Sarah Palin's mother-in-law may vote for Obama.
John Dickerson's headline says it all: Palin's candidacy is fun to cover but raises serious questions about McCain's judgment.
More on the secessionist party Palin may have joined.
An interesting take on Patty Hearst.
Uh, wow. The City Clerk's office in Wasilla says it has not been asked for any documents concerning Palin's term as mayor. Vetting? What vetting?
Oh, and here's a refreshingly fast-based (if dry) profile of Palin.
Eek! There's going to be a new Madeline book. Not sure how I feel about that.
August 27, 2008
Daily Reading (8/27/08)
An analysis of Maya Soetoro-Ng's name. (That's Obama's sister, if anyone missed her speech last night.)
One assassination plot foiled. Let's hope and pray that that was the only one.
A new cat fashion blog: The Catorialist
A great essay by Arthur Krystal on the literary essay. I'd never heard of Krystal before, but I'll definitely be reading more of him.
An interview with Molly Friedrich about being a literary agent.
August 22, 2008
Daily Reading (8/22/08)
Compelling and thought-provoking essay: Pinched: The Day I Took My Family to a Soup Kitchen
And on a lighter note, pretend IMs from VP hopefuls.
A new study shows that fewer Americans want to mix religion and politics. That makes me happy, not least because my political views don't line up very well with those of most members of my Church.
Fascinating: realtime emergency and disaster map.
Anne Enright on naming characters.
A new-to-me blog, Jane Austen's World, has an interesting exploration of hot chocolate in the 18th and 19th centuries. Mmm, hot chocolate...
An interesting profile of Persephone, a publishing house dedicated to "forgotten" women writers. I wonder if they're available Stateside? Must look into that...
Apparently Penguin (the publisher) is starting some sort of dating site for reader. Huh. I might actually try that... Oh, and here it is. But maybe UK-only? Hm.
A new book review site: LitMob.
August 19, 2008
Daily Reading (8/19/08)
Interesting article on lace-making in Massachusetts. I have the novel it talks about out from the library, but haven't started it yet.
An interesting look at Broadway orchestration.
It's His Party tells us about Obama's focus on building the Democratic Party.
August 15, 2008
Daily Reading (8/15/08)
Andrew Sullivan, of all people, notifies us of an iPhone (and iPod Touch) app for knitting! I downloaded it but haven't used it much yet - looks like it has potential.
Time Warp Wives - women trying to live in the past. With the benefit of the Internet. Fascinating. Hmm... none of them seem to have kids. I wonder if that's just a coincidence or what?
Heeee! The secret Obama e-mails.
Jackson Browne is suing McCain for using his song without permission.
Oh good. The Left Behind authors have decided that Obama is not the antichrist. Just in case you were worried about that.
A fun Slate piece about weird name-change legal cases.
August 12, 2008
Daily Reading (8/12/08)
Is there a secret presidential succession plan? Scary stuff.
Australia is getting its first saint: Mother Mary MacKillop
The Atlantic has a interesting look into the meltdown of the Clinton campaign.
An amazing duck story. I must admit that it almost made me cry. Awww.
That cute little girl singing in the opening ceremonies? Lip-synching. Just like Singin' in the Rain, or something.
August 11, 2008
Daily Reading (8/11/08)
Opus Dei in Australia brings in a kitten to keep the Pope company while he visits. Awww.
Finally, someone who agrees with me and liked Breaking Dawn! In defense of Breaking Dawn. Warning - lots of spoilers.
August 08, 2008
Daily Reading (8/8/08)
Emily Bazelon on class vs. race integration in schools: The Next Kind of Integration
Here's a fascinating article about the history of children's libraries and the publication of Stuart Little. Which I must admit I've never actually read. But now I really want to.
There's a new Little House musical! I hope it comes somewhere closer.
Salon's take on the Twilight series. (Spoilers for the first three books, but not the new one.)
August 01, 2008
Daily Reading (8/1/08)
Ever wonder where they get those little plastic numbers for gas station signs? Apparently there are companies dedicated to gasoline advertising - and everyone's ordering more 4s and 5s.
In Russia, bears are an important traditional symbol - so what to do when they start eating people?
A new solution for local food in cities: vertical farms. Fascinating.
Interesting profile of E.O. Wilson.
Sesame Street is coming out with a new Web site. It sounds pretty nifty.
July 30, 2008
Daily Reading (7/30/08)
Cruise ship auctions: awfully shady. Um, never would have guessed!
A look at Obama as professor.
Controversy over New York's real birthdate.
July 29, 2008
Daily Reading (7/29/08)
Kafka's papers may finally be available to scholars.
A fascinating interactive Venn diagram of Bush administration criminals.
Vaughn Williams: A Composer Forever English
A profile of Kay Ryan, the new Poet Laureate.
The Booker Longlist is announced.
July 25, 2008
Daily Reading (7/25/08)
Remember how I was upset about the disappearance of slips? I'm not making it up. I still like them!
Profile of McCain strategist Steve Schmidt. Fun fact learned therein: Schmidt and David Plouffe dropped out of the same college.
July 24, 2008
Daily Reading (7/24/08)
The Times has an interesting look at the generational shift going on among college professors.
New Zealand court blocks bad names. Good for them!
Sullivan has the full text of Obama's Berlin speech, if you're curious.
Apparently it's a new trend for brides to "treat" the wedding party to various cosmetic procedures to make them look better in wedding pictures. Um, ew. Tacky.
July 22, 2008
Daily Reading (7/22/08)
Times Magazine preview: a slideshow of young women in the FLDS
The percentage of farmers who are female is increasing. Here are some profiles.
July 21, 2008
Daily Reading (7/21/08)
Skyy comes out with red and blue cocktails named after the candidates. Hey, I guess that would make it easier to figure out who you want to talk to at the martini bar...
Here's the full list of Starbucks that are closing. Only one in NH, and it's not one of the ones I frequent. Yay!
The Post has a very interesting series going about the Chandra Levy investigation.
July 17, 2008
Daily Reading (7/17/08)
In the "things that make perfect sense but had never really occurred to me" category: bad US economy -> less new construction -> less money sent to Mexico -> bad effects on Mexican economy.
Is Google making us stupid? (Personally, I don't think so, although I do think that the Internet is encouraging different methods and types of thought, and that if we want to keep up, say, the ability to read long books, we need to make a practice of reading long books.)
July 16, 2008
Daily Reading (7/16/08)
Long profile of Mark Salter, McCain's speechwriter
Have you ever wondered whether harvesting corks for wine bottles is bad for the environment? Maybe it's the other way around.