* Emily Dickinson: sexpot.
* On James Baldwin and Barack Obama. Until now I'd thought that Bill Ayers had secretly ghostwritten Obama's memoir, but I see now that it was probably James Baldwin.
* TV show as megamovie. Via Kottke.
* Reinterpreting Red Dawn.
Red Dawn is not an exact parallel to our situation, of course. The Iraq we invaded was no functioning democracy; our Army does not execute civilians; many Iraqis favor the American occupation. But Red Dawn certainly didn't stir the mad, patriotic fervor I felt when I heard Howell shout, "Wolverines" 24 years ago. MGM is so far tight-lipped about the plot of its Red Dawn remake, but I wonder: Will the new Wolverines be us—or fighting us?* And Toothpaste for Dinner has obviously never taken one of my classes.