And the healthcare battle couldn't be shaping up much worse, what with the administration apparently open to compromise on the public plan, as part of their strategy of basically let-the-Senate-figure-this-out. (A question: will the healthcare debate ever focus as much as it ought to on getting more, better, more frequent, more affordable general practicioners in circulation? Preventive care and lifestyle choices are a large — fat — part of what's keeping costs up. We just treat the symptom.)
On to books! Ernest Hemingway was code-named "Argo" by his KGB handlers in the 1940s. Related: Ernest Hemingway was for a time a willing, if not particularly effective, conduit of information for the KGB.
New Fiction: "The White Room", an excerpt from Jess Row's next novel, Lamentations.
Old Clip: Kurt Vonnegut discusses Cat's Cradle (and reads it over some ca-ray-zee reenactments, I guess you'd call that), the bomb, all that stuff. Great sweater.