MARCH FOR LIFE CALENDAR TYPE STUFF: Here and here. … [Read more...]

Anywhere the action's at We're blogwatching this and that...Obsidian Wings: Should have linked to this long ago--series on Maher Arar, the Canadian citizen shipped, with INS complicity, to Syria for torture. I haven't forgotten this and will SOON (next week) be posting more stuff on his case. Via Body and Soul I think. Excerpt from one post in the series:"A deportee/victim who is probably innocent* of all wrongdoing, who may have been taken on very flimsy evidence, who was taken from a U.S. … [Read more...]

"Falling in love with Nadezhda two years earlier, he had felt that he only needed to become her lover and take her to the Caucasus to be saved from the shoddy hopelessness of existence. Similarly, he was now convinced that to abandon Nadezhda and leave for St. Petersburg was to satisfy his every need." --Chekhov, "The Duel" … [Read more...]

LAST-MINUTE ADDITIONS TO SOTU DRINKING GAME: Drink once for "nation of immigrants."Once for "Vicente Fox."Once for anything about marriage being the union of a man and a woman. Twice for mention of a Federal Marriage Amendment. Finish your drink if Bush actually commits to pushing the amendment (not just in that wussy "if necessary" way).Twice for "fabulous." … [Read more...]

DO YOU ABUSE LITERATURE? How many of these apply to you?1. I have read fiction when I was depressed or to cheer myself up. 2. I have gone on reading binges of an entire book or more in a day. ... 6. Sometimes I avoid friends or family obligations in order to read novels. 7. Sometimes I rewrite film or television dialog as the characters speak. 8. I am unable to enjoy myself with others unless there is a book nearby. ... 11. I have neglected personal hygiene or household chores until I have … [Read more...]

"Suspicions, conjectures, deductions--seven years of married life had made such things second nature to him and he often thought that he had had enough practice at home to turn him into a first-class detective." --Anton Chekhov, "His Wife" … [Read more...]