• Paul McCartney is the latest celebrity signed to write a children’s book. His songwriting indicates he has the creativity yet I’m getting tired of the fact that being a celebrity somehow means you’re qualified to write a book.
  • Of course, youth lit can be dangerous. The Guardian reports that on Friday “armed police were called to a reported shootout over an attempt to sell a stolen copy of the new JK Rowling novel.”
  • As a follow-up to the Supreme Court post, I note the leading blog on the US Supreme Court has started a sister blog called The Supreme Court Nomination Blog. It bills itself as “a clearinghouse for information on the process of nominating and confirming a Supreme Court Justice.” Methinks they think Rehnquist is stepping down at the end of the term.
  • Again, I am vastly outnumbered. According to this AP poll, 70 percent of the people in the US “know God really exists and … have no doubts about it.” In contrast, only two percent “don’t believe in God” and four percent don’t know whether there is a God and believe there is no way to find out.

And the poets down here don’t write nothing at all,
They just stand back and let it all be

Bruce Springsteen, Jungleland

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