When your latest no-holds-barred anal sex film is a lesser draw at its opening than the unlikely appearance of your reclusive writer uncle, maybe it’s time to put your panties back on. (Via.)
The new terror bill and its predecessor, the Patriot Act, prompt Dahlia Lithwick to wonder whether “there shouldn’t be a mandatory three-month cooling-off period whenever Congress enacts broad laws that rewrite the Constitution.”
The Virginia Quarterly Review has been running excerpts from Art Spiegelman’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@?*!. You can read twoinstallments online. And this fall the magazine will publish a recently discovered Robert Frost poem.
Maurice Sendak discusses his unhappy childhood and his new children’s book, Mommy.
Colin Burrow argues, while reviewing a new biography of John Donne, that “literary biography is intrinsically pernicious.” I wonder how biographers, including my friend Terry Teachout (who penned a biography of H.L. Mencken, and talked a bit about the experience here), would respond.