I'm a little surprised that the Swedish Nobel committee did not give the prize in literature to Philip Roth this year in recognition of his announcement that he had stopped writing. But then he would have had to write a speech. Though perhaps he already has one written.
After reading Matt Bai's article in the New York Times Magazine about the Miami Herald's ignoble and self-serving stakeout of presidential candidate Gary Hart's house in 1987, I am sorry that the Herald building on Biscayne Bay was not saved as a monument to the excesses of the Fourth Estate.
An email arrived from an online publication to which I had submitted a story, informing me that the status of my submission had changed. A link was provided that asked me for my user name and password. It seemed too much an effort just to learn that the story had been rejected, so I deleted it.