It's Memorial Day, so these links are for the heroes.
* Freeman Dyson has made a lot of people upset with his invent-our-way-out-of-it environmentalism-is-the-new-religion piece in this week's New York Review of Books. Real Climate dissects it, point by point, and my friend Alex Greenberg gets his shots in too.
* Outgoing Observer literary editor Robert McCrum gets nostalgic over the last ten years of books.
* Hanif Kareshi says your writing program breed maniacs.
Kureishi, himself a research associate on the creative writing course at Kingston University in London said, "One of the things you notice is that when you switch on the television and a student has gone mad with a machine gun on a campus in America, it's always a writing student.* And did blogs kill the literary critic? Let's hope not.
"The writing courses, particularly when they have the word 'creative' in them, are the new mental hospitals. But the people are very nice."