Apologies, guests, and remainders

Sorry again for the site downtime yesterday. My hosting service says it was the subject of “a major distributed denial of service attack (DDOS) aimed at one our main routers.”

If I have time, later today I’ll post excerpts from recent reader mail. Tomorrow I’m handing over the site for the day to my friend Pasha Malla of Montreal. More on that later.

For now, please read: the world’s most bewildering publisher’s press release, James Wood’s intelligent critique of John LeCarre’s latest book, Our Girl in Chicago on the new, gigantic Peanuts collection (second item), and an interview with Ana Marie Cox of Wonkette about her future plans:

I’ll definitely stay through the election, and then I’ll see. It’s really, really fun, but I think it would be nice to write things that are longer than 12 characters long. I’m able do that, by the way. I worked at The American Prospect, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Mother Jones. I wrote whole articles with many sentences and no sex jokes. But I was ready to give up journalism right before Denton called me. I didn’t know what I was going to do, but I was very disillusioned. I was thinking I would go back to school and I would do something that wasn’t journalism. My relationship to journalism is like that of an abused spouse — and it may still be, but I’m one in recovery now. I still do basically consider myself a journalist.

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