Politics: there and here edition

  • As voters across the pond decide whether or not to give Labor another term, the Guardian tries to distract its readers “from the swingometer’s antics” with a quiz on politics in literature.
  • David Lodge, one of MaudNewton.com’s most admired 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.)”


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