Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Chris Nolan says Cindy Sheehan is the Left's Terri Schiavo, but I'm not sure the comparison holds. For all the sharp writting about limousine liberals in Nolan's post, the stereotypes reinforced by Sheehan's new entourage seem likely to drown out her anti-war message only to those who don't want to hear it in the first place. The backlash against the Schiavo politicking came because people thought Frist et al were wrong on the merits of the case. If dissatisfaction with this war has reached some sort of tipping point, then Sheehan's symbolic power won't be much reduced by complaints about the company she keeps.

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Excerpts from Backwards City #2 are online...including The Amazing Adventures of Lethem and Chabon and some of the finest sports writing you'll ever see...although that excerpt doesn't do it justice, so you might want to buy the whole thing. I did, and I'm damn happy about it. My copy arrived yesterday in the mail -- in a discreet white envelope, so the neighbors wouldn't be alarmed -- and I poured myself some scotches and read it cover to cover.

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Troublemaker: report from a young man's funeral; Greensboro gangland surveyed.

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SHF takes us to the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia.

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You can order meals to go online from Lucky 32, reports Patrick Eakes, who has been celebrating right and left of late.

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Crisis of faith among journalism profs, as described by the inimitable Jay Rosen: "To learn, when you are ready to pass the torch, that some of the best and the brightest don’t want your torch, because they think it went out a while ago, counts as a sad day for J-schoolers of a certain generation."

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