Jim Emerson ponders The Dilemma’s “gay” issue: “If it’s a joke, what does it mean?”
More than half of the 33 men trapped inside the San José mine in Copiapó, Chile for 69 days are now free, and some are hamming it up for the camera as they emerge from the ground. In related news: Somewhere on the eight floor of the Empire State Building, a Fred Armisen-starring SNL sketch has just written itself.
Oprah must be fuming: Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom was not among the fiction finalists announced today for the National Book Awards. Franzen’s last novel, The Corrections, won the National Book Award for Fiction in 2001 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. (Updated: Patti Smith is a finalist in the non-fiction category for Just Kids.)
For The New York Times, Peter Baker ponders the education of President Obama.
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