As I said, "real" content should return next week sometime. For now I'll just idly muse and point to more interesting people/places ...
1. A bit of lunch hour reading for tomorrow courtesy of Owen Hatherley?
2. As always, more and more good stuff, tons of posts, at Brownfemipower and Lenin's Tomb--the sorts of blogs that, through information, analysis, and community continually intimidate my ineffectual ass from even pretending to be a source of "political commentary." Add more catch-up to that lunch hour (and after) reading.
3. Speaking of reading, if one's goal is to try to finish and absorb a number of books on a regular basis, it is a really bad idea to try to do this with several really thick books. And if you don't even stagger them well in terms of when you begin page 1, you feel like you're perpetually on page 42 out of 600, no matter what tome you've got in your hands. I'm trying to read the damn Pickwick Papers but any time I feel like I make progress in that thing (MLA paperback edition's cover design a photograph taken by Gjon Mili, btw) I just look at the other things I'm nominally "reading" (Peter Gay, Klaus Theweleit, The Republic) and bury my face in my hands.
4. Champions League predictions: Roma barely stun Man Utd, Liverpool continue to trounce PSV ("duh" on that one), Chelsea edge out Valencia, and Bayern Munich pass Milan. Prediction for the final: Chelsea v. Bayern Munich, boring, I wouldn't even care who wins (I guess my sympathies would be with BM a little). Though I think it would be the most interesting match-up to see Liverpool v. Roma (whom I've taken a liking to in the CL with their rotating-midfield-attack-supporting-Totti tactics), a repeat of a final from over two decades ago. Both are defensive teams that have put up some really excellent attacking soccer lately. Any EL readers still have a horse in this race?
5. By the by, Football Is Fixed, an interesting blog.
6. New posts: choice political words via film personalities via two great cinephiles, Mubarak Ali and Andy Rector.
7. Need even more to read while you surf the net? Ladies and gentlemen, Matt Clayfield ...