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- My friend Peter Terzian, over at Bookforum, expounds on the career of George Wyndham, the ultimate late bloomer.
- The GOP is trying to complain about the cost of the Obama’s trip to New York, but they were memorably silent as George W. Bush made 77 trips to Crawford, TX, at a total cost of 17, 407, 544.00. So, anyway. New York is closer, thus, technically, this president is a real savings over the last one. But then you may remember the complaining when Obama went to Hawaii last summer.
- Louis Menand’s review in the New Yorker of The Program Era, by Mark McGurl, troubled me. It repeats what I feel are many of the cheap shots people take at MFA programs, and insists on an idea of talent that I think is pernicious. And I kept disagreeing so strongly with what he was saying about how creative writing was taught, as so much of it ran counter to my own experience, it was hard to get through to the end. But, I did, and the ending is interesting and resolved some of my frustrations. Reading this older piece by Malcolm Gladwell works as a tonic also, though.
- “Apparently, the only way to avoid identity politics on the job is to pick a white man for every position.” —Glenn Greenwald at Salon, on the GOP’s Sotomayor controversy.
- Ending on an up note: after 400 years, the beavers have returned to Scotland’s waters.