A couple of days ago I mentioned the heart-tugging story of Shambo, the Heroic Hindu Bull in west Wales threatened with execution simply because he’s contracted TB. This is just… Continue reading
David Frum is joking, right? I will never take Europeans seriously again (not that I took them so seriously in the first place) when they complain about the American gun… Continue reading
Megan links to the now almost famous Not Reading post and recalls a conversation we had: Me: I’ve never read Camus in English. Alex: That’s brilliant! I’m going to use… Continue reading
On the subject of not reading books, commenter Jim Barnett has an excellent idea: How about a new category: LR, for "Livres que je regrette d’avoir lus" – books I… Continue reading
This is, perhaps, the funniest thing I’ve read all year. Possibly this century. Reviewing Steve Hayes’ biography of Dick Cheney, Ira Stoll dreams of a Cheney run for the Presidency.… Continue reading
Perhaps only a French professor of literature could write a book entitled How to Talk About Books You Have Not Read. Professor Pierre Bayard’s book became a best-seller in France… Continue reading
Ah, Rudy, is there any limit to your shamelessness? Apparently not. In Iowa, the great ham has this to say: After about 10 minutes of prepared remarks, Giuliani began taking… Continue reading
Mr Eugenides, guest-blogging in fine style at Jewcy, fills you in on the sad yet stirring story of Shambo, South Wales’ latest celebrity. Read all about how bureaucrats are doing… Continue reading
Marginal Revolution’s Alex
David Cameron is receiving some grief for zipping off to Rwanda to talk about the Tories’ new policies on global poverty, leaving behind the whines of some that he is… Continue reading
Just recovering from a 21 hour Istanbul-Washington trip (thanks American Airlines), so still catching up with correspondence and the like. Still, here’s a piece I wrote for The New Republic… Continue reading
Ah, Facebook… No sooner do I announce that I’m off to Cyprus than this harsh but fair note appears: I look forward to you being kidnapped by Turkish Cypriot terrorists,… Continue reading
I’m afraid blogging is likely to be even lighter than usual this week as I’m going to be in Turkish Cyprus, attending the 33rd edition of "Peace and Freedom Day".… Continue reading
It’s been going for a while now, but do check out this blog. It’s a collection of letters written by Private Harry Lamin to his brother and sister in England.… Continue reading
I carry no candle for Conrad Black and I’ve never worked for him. But his conviction on charges of fraud (albeit for raking in a comparatively trivial $3m) has occasioned… Continue reading
Happy Bastille Day, mes amis!
Mr Eugenides reminds one that, appallingly, you’re better off trusting Muammar Gaddafi than Tony Blair.
Groan. Ana Marie Cox* links to an interview with Bill Clinton at the Aspen Ideas Festival in which he says that if Hillary wins the Presidency: "My Scottish friends suggest… Continue reading
Glenn Reynolds suggests that the New York City firefighters’ attack on Rudy Giuliani are proof of, well, something: Between this and the silly stuff about Fred Thompson, Democrats are looking… Continue reading
This is how a "No Spin" government works. Douglas Alexander, Secretary of State for International Development and Gordon Brown’s long-time Mini-Me, comes to Washington to bravely speak truth to power.… Continue reading
Meant to post this earlier. Right now, I doubt there’s a more exciting footballer in the world than Lionel Messi. His goal against Mexico in the semi-final of the Copa… Continue reading
Sometimes Joe Biden is actually pretty good: "This progress report is like the guy who’s falling from a 100-story building and says half-way down that ‘everything’s fine.’"
A friend on Capitol Hill has had enough: We really need to offer a buy out package to Bush and Cheney. I say $100 million each to end their term… Continue reading
Quote of the day, courtesy of a British army spokesman in Basra: "We can categorically state that we have not released man-easting badgers into the area."
My impression is that Annie Liebowitz is used to getting her own way. Not all portraits are equal however… From a documentary titled A Year With the Queen comes this:… Continue reading