A Quickie

I have a deadline looming and a ton of work staring at me, so I’m afraid it’s going to be just a few bare links today. I’ll be back on Monday or maybe even Sunday, with more substantive fare, maybe a review. Have a great weekend.

  • Who would’ve thought that the words “John Keats” and “International Monetary Fund” would be used in the same speech?
  • Poor, poor Cherie Blair. The flat at No. 10 is furnished “below that of most ambassadors’ residences.”
  • Oh, look, you can stay at Sinclair Lewis’ house. It’s a steal at $2,600 a night.
  • The bicentennial of Hans Christian Andersen’s birth will be celebrated next year, but already a few preparations are under way.
  • I’m always curious about how U.S. political books in this election year are being received abroad. Richard Clarke’s Against All Enemies is coming out in Morocco. Here’s a review.
  • Robert Birnbaum talks to Renata Adler, author of Irreparable Harm, a thorough investigation of the Supreme Court decision that made George W. Bush president in 2000.
  • My friend Randa has a story in the Fall issue of Ploughshares, guest edited by Amy Bloom. Please support her by buying a copy.