QUOTE OF THE MONTH
“They gave Kafka to the troops,” closing line of Leon Wieseltier’s essay on books in the New Republic.
Docked a notch for the ease of this target: Rick Santorum vs. Megadeath’s Dave Mustaine, from Mother Jones. Points for plenitude.
BEHIND IN MY TV
Just started watching Homeland, highwire narrative about how 9/11 spooked the intelligence “community,” and sent it off stealing anti-depressants, drowning in warrantless wiretaps, and playing footsie with the Pentagon. This from the Episode 5, where a redeemed Mandy Patinkin addresses an Al-Qaeda operative: “You’re a religious man who tortures people. What are you a Catholic?”
BAMBOOZLED BY THE HERMANATOR
Disqualified after winning more than any other byline in history, from his latest New Yorker short: Callista to Newt, “You’re converting for the third time?”
BECAUSE IT’S FROM BOULDER, COLORADO, AND BECAUSE IT IS MY HOME
“Co-Writing Is Some Tricky Business,” worthwhile clicking, safe for work.