O Brave New World! In keeping with the decline of civilization note, in this one Peggy Noonan crystallizes the differences between the Old America and the New. She sees the election as something of a contest between the two. Read the study in contrasts here.
Frailty, thy Name is Woman! In this case, it might be Andrea McMillan, who took off to get married in Cuba during the performance of which she fell in love with the bartender who promptly left his wife to hook up with Andrea who never consummated the marriage. The happy couple intend to wed soon. One might assume that no one is happier than Jose Miguel who will go from Cuban citizen to UK husband. Read the whole sorry, sordid mess here. Follow the link for pictures of both happy couples.
For You and I Are Past Our Dancing Days. This one is for fans of the old PBS series, Que Pasa, USA? A MySpace Page purportedly from Pepe Peña which fills us in on the goings on in the intervening years from the end of the show until today. Not to be missed is Pepe's description of the two Presidential candidates. H/T Babalublog
What's in a Name? If you've ever wondered about the real Mr. Darcy, wonder no more. According to the Bookworm Room, his name was Tom Lefroy, and here's a pretty miniture of a pretty Tom. I've always found it sad that while her heroines all walked away with the matrimonial prize, poor Jane Austen was a lifelong spinster. While you're there, read this interesting post by Don Quixote who sees the America of the 40's through the 70's as the greatest society ever.