When I should be blogging….

I finished The Beet Queen this Wednesday. I am in the middle of A House for Mr. Biswas, by V.S. Naipaul. I’m also in the middle of Waterland, by Graham Swift. Next up, finally, Unbearable Weight. What have you all…

Orhan Pamuk Wins Nobel Prize for Literature

(A confession: I have not read anything by Pamuk except My Name is Red. The translation was awful, which made it really difficult to enjoy. I loved the historical and artistic questions raised by the book.) San Francisco Chronicle article…

Bride as Cake

Wedding cakes tend to look like wedding dresses, but it’s unusual for the bride to wear a cake as a dress.

A Statistic

There’ve been a lot of thoughtful posts about the study on the Iraq death toll: A team of American and Iraqi epidemiologists estimates that 655,000 more people have died in Iraq since coalition forces arrived in March 2003 than would…