“Shades of Meaning,” an NYT review of Asterios Polyp, a graphic novel by David Mazzucchelli. Not (all that) new, but new to me.
More NYT: the Goal blog has a Q. & A. With Simon Kuper, Author of “Soccernomics”. The book’s subtitle: “Why England Lose, Why Germany and Brazil Win, and Why the U.S., Japan, Australia, Turkey — and Even India — Are Destined to Become the New Kings of the World’s Most Popular Sport.”
Showcase: Forgotten Elephants [Lens Blog -- NYTimes.com] — "Once the revered symbol of Thai culture, the backbone of industry and the protector of the country’s sovereignty during war, elephants now wander the streets of Bangkok, reduced to providing rides for tourists and helping their owners beg for their next meal."
Is Britain really like The Wire? [BBC} -- "It's a TV series featuring murderous villains, cynical politicians and corrupt, lazy detectives. Fans of The Wire say it's a realistic portrayal of American poverty, violence and hopelessness. But what, if anything, do the mean streets of Baltimore, Maryland, have to do with Britain?"