David Lodge, one of MaudNewton.com’s mostadmired literary critics, surveys Britain’s current political landscape for American readers. He admits to initial ambivalence about the war on Iraq (which I unequivocally opposed), fails to make direct mention of the recent smoking gun tied to Downing Street, and supports domestic policies criticized by many U.K. progressives. So take his opinions with a grain of salt. But if you’ve been meaning to brush up on the basics of Britain’s three-party system, there are worse places to start.
Kurt Vonnegut takes exception to lawyers’ use of his 1961 story “Harrison Bergeron” to advocate disenfranchisement of Kansas schoolchildren from impoverished neighborhoods.
Says Jessa Crispin: “Boondocks even approaches the line of good/bad taste, and it gets yanked out of newspapers across the country. B.C. has a strip about evolution being ridiculous, no one blinks. (Although to be fair, it’s probably because no one reads that stupid thing.)”