worth hearing • from NPR a review of Jane Smiley’s latest book, Ten Days in the Hills, is a post Iraq variation on Boccaccio’s Decameron.

something new • from the Chicago Tribune a review of The Annotated Cat: Under the Hats of Seuss and His Cats a new book by Seuss scholar Philip Nel

oh puhleese • the AMA whom I don’t normally think of as busy body extremists want to retroactively rate old movies with ‘R’ because they depict people smoking. Why stop there? why don’t they just digitally remove them? why stop there? there are plenty of unpc things we can Photoshop out of the picture. BTW did I step through a Wonderland mirror somewhere along the way? When did it become open season on rewriting history?

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