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Also from Harper’s contributing editor Tom Bissell: robot deer, comets, vanity publishing, and more (free and subs)

Soviet-era kids’ books are great;
the American ones? less so;
the Japanese ones may be the worst;
no, Everyone Poops is the worst;
this despite hipster efforts to subvert (or celebrate) its badness

Reactions to Sarah Palin as TV personality: good, great, her “analysis holds no weight”;
plus other amusing thoughts from the American Right: racially motivated political correctness “alive and well” at Duke;
Americans hate each other even (particularly) when they are poor;
Michelle Obama is a fake–those Iron Chef sweet potatoes were plants!

Go, Junior Gotti, and sin no more;
and you, too, crazy right wing Christians;
except for Pat Robertson, whose views on Haiti are essential

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I sat in a taxi with Emma and her son, Stak, all three bodies muscled into the rear seat, and the boy checked the driver’s I.D. and immediately began to speak to the man in an unrecognizable language.

I conferred quietly with Emma, who said he was studying Pashto, privately, in his spare time. Afghani, she said, to enlighten me further.

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