Monday, August 25, 2003

Oh the Books I Read

Mickey Kaus this morning (here is a link to Slate, but as other's often note, Kaus is a permalink free zone) seems to argue both sides of the issue this morning. I know he can be a bit of a contrarian, but he is beginning to apply his contrarian habits to himself. He begins by arguing that the LAT poll showing Bustamante with a large lead over Arnold is not what it appears because if you add up the Republicans they beat Bustamante, but then argues that this is good news for Bustamante because there are a lot of Dems that can still come home. Kaus then goes on to find other reasons why the poll is a bad representation of the current situation, which I presume would be bad news for Bustamante again. My head is spinning.

I'm sure you've all heard that Simon dropped out over the weekend. My question is who got to him? Could that be Karl Rove's bootprint that I discern on Simon's posterior?

Wired.com this morning has this interview with my favorite (post)cyberpunk author, Neal Stephenson, whose new book, Quicksilver, will be out soon. Quicksilver is the first of 3 books in Stephenson's Baroque Cylcle, in which he introduces the ancestors of his Cryptonomicon characters to Isaac Newton, among others.

And speaking of books, I had my fun doubled this weekend when a package showed up containing both Al Franken's Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right, and Tom Tomorrow's Great Big Book of Tomorrow. Oh joy.

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