* ...these days one must present the outward appearance of being distinctive and special, even eccentric, while pursuing the most hackneyed and conventional dreams of money, power and celebrity. Andrew O'Hehir at Salon, on how the very notion of rebellion has been coopted by Mountain-Dew, American-Idol consumerism.
* Tod Gitlin at The Chronicle of Higher Education
discusses some new books that inscrutably blame
left-wing university professors for the rise of George Bush. Seriously. On the plus side, that was one thing they'd never been blamed for.
* Tom Wolfe says I Am Charlotte Simmons
wasn't actually set at Duke.
* And from the only-surprised-it-took-this-long department, Mr. T is a getting a reality show