IF I RAN THE NEW PENGUIN SHAKESPEARE... The NPS is a nice little series of paperbacks with boring woodcuts on their front covers and brief, often startlingly acute quotations from the plays on their back covers. The one for King Lear is probably the best: just the one-liner, "What is the cause of thunder?" Many others are quite good (I remember liking the one for King John, though I can't recall what it was; and Love's Labour's Lost has the "while greasy Joan doth keel the pot" song, yay). But I … [Read more...]


WHY DOES NOBODY TALK ABOUT ROMER V. EVANS? [edited to cut subpar discussion of Lawrence v Texas, which isn't the point of this post, since I know why people talk about Lawrence. What I want to know is:] So... why does nobody talk about Romer? If Supreme Court cases about sex-and-related-issues were characters from "The Lion in Winter," Romer would be Geoffrey. ("Nobody ever says 'king' and thinks 'Geoffrey'"--but you do not want to be on his bad side....) Roe or maybe Casey might be Richard (you … [Read more...]


GERMAN PROSTITUTION-FOR-WELFARE STORY PROBABLY (MOSTLY) FALSE. Good to know. Still, even as a "technical possibility" it's pretty daggone creepy. Anyway, sorry to have inflicted this particular game of blog-telephone on you all. … [Read more...]


VOICES OF THE VOTERS: You've probably seen these links already, but in case you haven't, here are two sites compiling bloggers' reports from the Iraq elections. Inspiring. (Maybe via Oxblog and The Corner? I can't remember.) When I get a chance, probably Tuesday, I'll do some trawling of the Iraqi blogsophere as well. … [Read more...]


"A 25-year-old waitress who turned down a job providing 'sexual services' at a brothel in Berlin faces possible cuts to her unemployment benefit under laws introduced this year." (more)--via Amy Welborn … [Read more...]


"THAT PHOTOGRAPH OF FLANNERY O'CONNOR": Kathy "Relapsed Catholic" Shaidle is blogging some of her poems. Good stuff. … [Read more...]


[T]he final and permanent fruits of liberty are wisdom, moderation, and mercy. Its immediate effects are often atrocious crimes, conflicting errors, scepticism on points the most clear, dogmatism on points the most mysterious. It is just at this crisis that its enemies love to exhibit it. They pull down the scaffolding from the half-finished edifice. they point to the flying dust, the falling bricks, the comfortless rooms, the frightful irregularity of the whole appearance; and then ask in scorn … [Read more...]