Because I Need More Things to Do, I’ve Now Put Out a Literary Journal

On the Flipboard. I call it Things to Read.

In this issue:

  • Victor Davis Hanson’s “An American Satyricon”
  • Robert Stacy McCain’s “The Columbia Journalism Review is (Still) Decadent and Depraved”
  • Jessica Khoury’s “Is It Science Fiction”
  • An excerpt from Jordan Belfort’s Memoir, “The Wolf of Wall Street”

And much much more (well, more anyway)!


Rocking the Links

A few things to read that other people wrote:

Finally, this guy worked very hard to reverse the gender roles of Donkey Kong so his daughter could play as Pauline (and if you knew that the girl in Donkey Kong was called Pauline, you know way more than I did about Donkey Kong)

Lileks Roasts Bloomberg, and All His Flying Monkeys, Too.

Epic. (h/t Instapundit)

As I said, it’s not about health. If it was, no one would mention the cost of obesity. It’s an issue only because the rest of us have to pay for it? If that’s the case, then there’s no end to the restrictions we can conjure up and impose with equal parts of sadness and resolution. Smoking was easy because it stinks. Trans-fats was easy because no one knew what they were; it’s not like you go down the store to pick up some trans-fats. The soda laws appeal to the overclass because fat people are disgusting.

This might not do anything, but it’ll show them who has pull around here.

Read. The. Whole. Thing.

When Sicily had Kings

Fascinating post at Medieval Musings about the Norman Kingdom of Sicily, and especially the coronation mantle of the first King, Roger II. I always thought Robert Guiscard a fascinating character; he erased the distinction between nobleman and bandit and established a new realm in the wake of the Moorish retreat from southern Italy.

Well, actually it was his nephew who organized Apulia, Calabria, and Sicily into a Kingdom. Behold, his gear:

Pimping be not a matter of ease.

What followed was the standard story: Roger’s grandson William II spend his reign alternating indolence and invasions, and died childless. After a brief usurpation by his cousin Tancred, Sicily became the playground of the Holy Roman Emperors. Hilarity and Aragon ensues.