Our surreal, virtual, synthetic world.

The most recent Times cover caused quite a stir in American child-rearing circles. A woman breastfeeding her three-year-old child is practically a cultural anathema in this country, where we wean babies earlier than most of the rest of the world. I was no different than most of my friends on the subject. It seems unnatural . . . 

Not a symbol, but an asset.

Last April, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Chinese President Hu Jintao agreed to exchange panda bears for Komodo dragons as a symbol of their countries’ closer relations. My first thought was to hope that the pandas didn’t get sent to the Surabaya death camp, er, I mean, zoo. My second reaction was a general mental . . . 

Like lottery fantasies, except with prison

After hearing the verdict in the Amy Senser trial this afternoon, my first reaction was relief for the family of Anousone Phanthavong. I couldn’t see how it was possible for someone of sound mind to mistake a human being for a traffic cone, but I guess I’ve never met the defendant. My second reaction, after hearing . . . 

2012 Publishing Roundup

A big thanks to Nick Lavely for pointing me toward this year’s On the Media publishing analysis! http://www.onthemedia.org/2012/apr/20/ The 2012 theme is Adapt or Die. Topics include Amazon, copyrights, and knock-off books. Definitely worth a listen while you’re making dinner or mowing the lawn.