OK, I know, the first part of this headline is in the proud tradition of "Worthwhile Canadian Initiative." But we have so much excitement with the Olympics and so on that I figure we can use a little blanding-down.
From the actual printed newspaper* today:
"The Gore Vidal You Didn't Know," by Mike Mewshaw in the WaPo. My only glancing in-person encounter with Vidal was via my friend Mewshaw, who saw a lot of Vidal over the years, especially while both were living in Italy. Convincing presentation of what made Vidal attractive and repulsive.
While I'm at it, a bonus fourth-and-fifth: "oh calm down" essays about perils of the cyber-age, by James Gleick and Daniel Wegner, both in the NYT.
* Actual printed newspaper: always more enjoyable, especially on weekends; necessary on self-defense grounds during the Olympics, to avoid results-spoilers splashed on newspaper home pages; and feasible on the back porch today, since for some odd reason none of the normal neighborhood leaf-blower crews are at work. Maybe the
lairds people that hire them decided to spend this weekend in town.