The Gatsby without greatness essay by Roger Ebert. It's on the nature of books and reading, on our modern vocabulary and linguistic skills, and about taking adult level material and because our culture says it's "Great - part of our common heritage" we shove it at kids who aren't ready for it. And while Roger doesn't elaborate on it, his points illustrate many of the reasons I love writing. And notice that Fitzgerald's writing isn't purple, but purposeful and evocative. It's something I shoot for but all to often just land in the bushes. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
With senators like this, how can I keep from laughing. Dear Sen. James Inhofe, I think it's very important for senators to know a little something about the subject of the laws they pass. However, there's a bright line that you crossed here and left far behind. Your actions belittle the Senate and personally make you a laughing stock. Please see to that.
The Grand Rapids Lip Synch Video. Wow. (Pointed to by Dan)
And just because a Democrat does it doesn't mean it's not dumb (Rhode Island passes a voter ID law).