For some reason or another, I received a copy of the “Official Census of the Republican Party” in the mail today. Let’s just say they missed their target audience with this piece of mail. Well, I actually know why I received a copy–Minnesota is a […]

Adam Gopnik has a good essay in this week’s New Yorker about why reading Shakespeare is still essential, as he reviews Stephen Greenblatt’s new book “Will in the World.” “Greenblatt’s book is startlingly good—the most complexly intelligent and sophisticated, and yet the most keenly enthusiastic, […]

A fable from my local newspaper: A stolen copy of a limited-edition copy of Aesop’s Fables, the famous children’s book that ends each story with a morality lesson, turned up in the hands of a young woman who allegedly intended to pawn it at a […]