Weird, crazy small world. So Peter Maas goes to Iraq to cover the war for the NY Times Mag. While there, he hears about this Salam Pax guy. When he gets back, he realizes Salam Pax was his interpreter. Crazy. (Nick Denton adds more tidbits.)
Also in Slate, this week Sasha Frere-Jones and Gerald Marzorati are going head to head. They start off talking about Radiohead.
I asked Melissa one of my better music questions a few days ago: What song would you want played at your funeral? (My answer: "Sweet and Tender Hooligan," The Smiths.) Here's her death-defying indie rock response.
Howard Dean weblog.
This profile of a wine critic in The Atlantic Monthly is worth it.
Another decent McSweeney's parody: Unused Audio Commentary By Dinesh D'Souza and Ann Coulter, etc.
If you're feeling like some legalese reading, here's the official document from the FCC on the new media ownership rules.
Transcript: The Neo & Architect Talk.
Another new Murakami short story in The New Yorker.