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Wed 10 Sep 2003

In my writing class, the most recent readings were on narrative. One of the recommendations for creating a compelling narrative was to make it about people. So read Best of the Web today, and scroll down to "The Boston Globe's 'Freedom Fighters'". This is the story of a father and daughter who were killed in one of the recent suicide bombings in Israel. When I read such a story, I get sick. In fact, I read it several hours ago, and it is still bugging me now; that's why I'm typing this. I've read other stuff along these lines, and you can find the same sort of stuff for the palestinians. The problem is, the Israelis don't go around aiming for the kids and civilians; they're aiming for the murderers.

Jeff Jarvis has some interesting criticism for PBS along these lines regarding the 9/11 documentary. Oddly, he also criticizes them for keeping the footage of people jumping IN the documentary. Another interesting article is at Esquire, of all places (can't remember where I got the link right now, sorry), about the most famous picture of a jumper, and the search to figure out who he was.

I'm sorry, I can't forget. I watched very little of the footage that day, and none later, but the memory has seared itself into my conscience. It wasn't some vague, anti-globalization movement that took those buildings down, it was ... well, others have said it better than me. And I'm sorry, but I'm not going to get over it.
Posted really late at night./politics ]

Boy, talk about a generic blog. What can I say, I'm not a design guy. My brother says he'll design a template for me if I want...

These are the sites that I read the most:

instapundit (like many, many other people)
Google News
OK, OK, so I'm biased. Big deal.

Arts & Letters Daily

The best dang writing on the web, period. (At least it was, when I set up this blog 4 years ago.)
Lileks (especially the Bleat)
Eject! Eject! Eject!

Dave Barry
Tim Blair
Worse Than Failure

Legal Stuff
How Appealing
Balkin (when I want to get mad)
Volokh & Co. (I like Phillipe the best) (where did he go, anyway?)
Some Harvard graduate who happens to be totally hilarious.

Other interesting political commentary
Colby Cosh
Impromptus (and what happened to him, too?)
Best of the Web

Baseball stuff
Hunt (What the heck happened to him, anyway?)
Viva El Birdos

Geek stuff

Sites I used to read all the time, but rarely visit anymore
Yahoo Money
Andrew Sullivan
New York Press

Marvelous ways to waste an afternoon
Travels with Samantha (rated PG-13)
The Institute of Official Cheer
The Fabulous Ruins of Detroit
Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics
The Tolkien Sarcasm Page
Wikipedia's BJAODN

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