I didn’t get a lot of sleep last night as my daughter has decided to only sleep a few hours at a time before waking up screaming. Here are a few links while I try to pull myself together:

– Lionel Shriver has a piece in the Guardian that is a fun read. It starts out as advice for Orange prize nominees but it is really about how winning that prize changed her life. Here is a bit on the post prize winning circuit:

If, like me a year ago, you have never turned down a single promotional opportunity, no matter how weeny, nor declined a single journalistic assignment, no matter how poorly paid, you will not be in the habit of saying no. Thus our 2006 Orange winner, no longer obscure, will find herself suddenly appearing at a bewildering number of literary festivals, libraries and book groups. By and large the audiences at these events will prove uncannily intelligent, enthusiastic and intuitive, imputing to your winning novel far more sophistication than you ever imagined it engendered while you were writing it – which will make saying no to the next engagement that much more difficult. When not blathering about your fascinating book until you yourself secretly begin to hate it, and reading the same passages aloud until they ring in your head with a mocking sing-song, you will be writing essays like this for the Guardian.

– In case you haven’t heard, Slate is starting an online novel by Walter Kirn called The Unbinding. Here is the explanation/announcement and here is where you can start reading. More thoughts on this later.

– In the American Spectator W. James Antle III reviews a book in my TBR pile:

Two things set Bruce Bartlett’s recently released Imposter: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy apart. The first is that the author is a bona fide conservative Republican and self-described Reaganite. The second is that Bartlett actually gave up a $172,000-a-year job to write it.

Bartlett doesn’t see Bush as the crazed right-wing ideologue of liberal fantasy, although he does share the left’s supposition that the Oval Office is located dangerously outside the reality-based community. Instead the veteran of two Republican administrations sets out to make the case that the current president is no conservative at all.

– While we are on the subject of conservatives bashing Bush, Jeffrey Hart (author of The American Conservative Mind) had an Op-Ed in the LA Times yesterday:

WILLIAM F. Buckley Jr. has defined conservatism as “the politics of reality.” Ideology is the enemy of conservatism because it edits, omits or ignores reality. George W. Bush is an ideologue.

A good example of the old saw that the easiest way for conservatives to get Op-Eds is to attack other conservatives or the President. If I am feeling particularly philosophical I will post on why I think Hart is both wrong and right.

Kevin Holtsberry
I work in communications and public affairs. I try to squeeze in as much reading as I can while still spending time with my wife and two kids (and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan Wolverines during football season).

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