Monday, June 25, 2007

Recommended Reading, Viewing & Other Verbing

Scott Horton on why you should be worried about a US war on Iran. This would not only be grossly immoral (which it would), but would also be possibly the stupidest thing the US has ever done; but if you think that'll stop Dick Cheney, you don't know Dick. So worry.

• "The way we live now": with banana republic institutions: brought to you by the Conservative Movement. (What's sad is that that link is almost random: I could probably have picked any of dozens of examples from the last week or two...)

• Lots of scientists, atheists and assorted scoffers have been going to the Creation Museum and letting us know what they think of it, with various flavors of hilarity and scorn. My favorite tour has been this flickr set, which gives you enough that you really feel like you've been to the museum. (So if you don't want to do that, don't click through.) If you want more, PZ Myers has your links. (I think we're still waiting on Scalzi...)

• The whole nine yards", a phrase whose etymology is the source of much dispute, has gotten its earliest-citation-to-date -- 1964. If that sentence interests you, so will the link.

Benoît Peeters's "Four Concepts of the Page" is a fascinating and worthwhile comics analysis (it's a translated section from his book ); anyone who likes my 100 Great Pages Series (which I will get back to, really!) should take a look at this.

Geoff Klock, blogger and author of How to Read Superhero Comics and Why, just finished a series of blog posts doing an issue-by-issue analysis of Grant Morrison's run on New X-Men. (He has a summary of his findings here.) Probably only of interest to those who've read the Morrison run, but highly recommended for anyone who has.

Update: Johann Hari's report from the National Review cruse (via) is fascinating, in a multiple-car-crash-pile-up sort of way. Highly recommended for fans of horror films and monster movies, or people who aren't sufficiently worried about the U.S.'s upcoming aggressive war against Iran from the top link in this post.

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