Denon in Egypt — James Gurney on the perils of exploration. Worth reading if you write (or game) about people going down into dark, abandoned places.
Rational use of Russian bowels — Language Log with more (as ever) on the perils of mistranslation.
A Prayer for Archimedes — Some seriously cool textual history, and, palimpsests! (Thanks to
Should Auschwitz be left to decay? — A fascinating pair of editorials via the BBC. My own experience of visiting Dachau at age 18 was profound to the point of life-changing, so my instinct would be to not let the memories fade into the earth.
From Juan Cole’s blog, Jonathan Lyons takes a very long view of the relationship between the West and Islam — I suspect this essay will generate a “yeah, right” response from some American readers, but it’s worth noting that many in the Islamic world refer to us as “Crusaders”, which precisely fits this narrative. (Thank you very much to
Bush by the numbers — Just in case you still somehow think of the Bush administration as a success, a review of the government’s own numbers on job growth, income etc. (And for those of you who proudly take refuge in Bush’s record on terrorism, remember the Bin Laden memo he waved off in the summer of 2001 — the rest of us sure do — and consider that terrorism incidents worldwide have risen sharply under his watch.)
?otD: Have I told you ’bout the swans, they live in the park?
Body movement: 40 minute ride on the stationary bike
This morning’s weigh-in: 221.8
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville