"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 Recreationillustrates 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.