The New British Invasion by Andrew Sullivan in The New Republic.


Anti-gun liar resigns from Emory.


Why has the British Empire been quickly erased from memory? No matter how many reasons there are to dislike the British, the empire did bring the world into the 20th century. A new museum of the empire.


I remember reading several years ago in the National Review the argument that the 17th Earl of Oxford, Edward de Vere, was actually "William Shakespeare". In a recent book Paul Streitz, of the Oxford Institute, argues that de Vere was Shakespeare AND the son of Elizabeth I. The book is a direct challenge to two traditions of English history: The Virgin Queen and the Bard of Stratford-upon-Avon.


Mossad says Bin-Laden is dead.


Dave Egger's is trying hard not to be a sell-out.


I've been teaching a lot about Columbus lately (tons of notes & the A&E biography, and excerpts from his diary). Of course, his (generally unobserved) holiday is here. I enjoyed this review in the New Yorker.

It appears that Henrietta Lacks' cells may live forever (or at least for a really long time).


Arts & Letters Daily, R.I.P. (archive). Long Live Philosophy and Literature.


Finally, a NYT Op/Ed piece I can agree with. Don't write that book inside you.