• D.J. Taylor considers the elusive (yet oft-attempted by fortysomethings) rock novel.
  • Last week the University of Kentucky’s public radio station cancelled Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac because the words “breast” and “get high” appeared in the literary selections read online. (Thanks to Charlie for the link.) Protests since have landed the show back on the air. Somewhat related: The First Amendment Center provides a historical perspective on unthinking censorship in the U.S.
  • A psychic beloved by Mark Twain, William Thackeray, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Arthur Conan Doyle outraged Dickens and Eliot.
  • People anonymously reveal their secrets to the world in postcards that have been scanned in at postsecret. On an image of bruised body parts at the top of the front page, someone has written, “My dad used to beat me and call it spanking.”


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