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Here are some links for your edification or amusement!

Wolverine short story pitch by Faith Erin Hicks
A great Wolverine story, or the greatest Wolverine story?
'L&O' Veteran Rene Balcer To Run 'LOLA'
This is excellent news! The mothership really declined in quality after Balcer left in 2001 to run L&O: Criminal Intent, and really improved once he came back in the 18th season. I have high hopes for the new series.
The Wrong Euro-Villains
I'm linking to this blog post just because the photo Chait used to illustrate it made me laugh. (Though the Steven Pearlstein column to which Chait links in the post is worth reading too.)
Gulf oil spill: Kevin Costner donates 'Ocean Therapy' invention to clean oil from sea; BP OK's tests
This is about the least likely development imaginable in the ongoing oil spill crisis. I mean, Kevin Costner? Still, let's hope it works.
Sex Lives of Supreme Court Justices
Michael Kinsley raises some amusing questions about Justice Scalia and his embrace of a lifestyle that lies far outside the American mainstream. I don't think Kinsley is as strong a columnist now as when he wrote for The New Republic back in the 80s, but on occasion he can still knock one out of the park.
Nippon Fanifesto! A Tribute to DIY Manga
This illustrated essay about doujinshi, fan-created, commercially sold comics featuring corporate-owned characters from manga, anime, or other media, is a fascinating look at a fan subculture that would be sued out of existence if attempted in the United States.
The 10 Most Common Grammar Mistakes – And Simple Rules To Avoid Them
Some good tips in here! For writers of Harry Potter fan fiction, I would add that Harry's scar is not "lightening," unless your story is about the scar gradually fading away.
A Little Austen Update
Like Ms. Beaton, I am not sure what to make of the Austen culture. It boggles the mind that there is such a huge demand for Austen pastiches. The Republic of Pemberly has a list of more than sixty, which doesn't include any of the forty such books published by Sourcebooks, Inc.
My World is a Little Darker... Martin Gardner has died.
Sad news! Gardner was responsible for one of my most favorite books, The Annotated Alice, a extensively footnoted edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, explaining the many contemporary references, mathematical concepts, wordplay, and Victorian traditions that would otherwise go over the head of the average reader.
The Facts In The Case Of Dr. Andrew Wakefield
Everything you need to know about the link between vaccines and autism can be found in this illustrated essay.
Sen. Ron Wyden: When party trumps country
Elections may be zero-sum games, but legislating need not be.
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