Sound Smart, Read These

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05/01/2009 2:15 PM |

David Souter to step down from the Supreme Court to have more time to read Proust; here’s a cheat-sheet for his likely replacements, and a consideration of his legacy.

Terrifying Science Times lede of the week: “The United States has no clear military policy about how the nation might respond to a cyberattack…”

For the first time, England’s new Poet Laureate is a woman, Carol Ann Duffy.

Robert Gates’ supposedly slash-and-burn Defense Department budget isn’t really that revolutionary, but this guy’s idea about military spending is.

Colson Whitehead can’t not sound cool.

Wade through a few hundred words of verbal taffeta from James Wolcott, and you get a terrifically awful anecdote about Susan Sontag.

James Agee at Harvard. As you might expect, the experience-thirsting, romantic Agee was really good at being in college:

Noah Baumbach with another Shouts and Murmurs piece about animals with substance-abuse problems. (The first one is funnier though.)

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