"High-culture unions that fight to hang on to an untenable status quo are shooting themselves in the head." Culture critic Terry Teachout writes a piece on the future of high art in America.

It wouldn't have motivated Borges -- Argentina considers offering writers pensions.

NBC's television series Parks and Recreation illustrates a political maxim: "Liberals worry about the people they don't know; conservatives worry about the people they do know. Alternatively: Democrats like helping people in the abstract but aren't neighborly, while Republicans love their neighbors but don't give a damn about strangers."

The next teen movie franchise is ... Ender's Game?

Because it's impossible to ignore today's Royal Wedding: The Observer's alternative wedding tributes, including Adrian Mole's royal wedding diary, a Bollywood spoof, and a DJ's wedding playlist.

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