What we're reading:

Updike's archive (New York Times): 170 boxes worth of "the last great paper trail"

Are libraries necessary? (GallyCat): An inflammatory report from Fox News about the way they squander your "hard earned tax dollars"

An agnostic manifesto (Slate): It's time for a new agnosticism, one that takes on the New Atheists

Meeting Harper Lee (Daily Mail): The recluse agrees to chat, as long as there's no mention of "the book"

Today's quote:

"For the first month of Ricardo and Felicity's affair, they greeted one another at every stolen rendezvous with a kiss—a lengthy, ravenous kiss, Ricardo lapping and sucking at Felicity's mouth as if she were a giant cage-mounted water bottle and he were the world's thirstiest gerbil."

~ Molly Ringle, winner of the 2010 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest (

(Via The Economist


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