Some weekend reading, on your way to... whatever it is people go to on MLK Day weekend, is up now over at the home page. I review Tom Zoellner's flawed but worthwhile book A Safeway in Arizona: What the Gabrielle Giffords Shooting Tells Us About the Grand Canyon State and Life in America. It's an odd casserole of a book, reeling from a truly painful (in the best way) recollection of the massacre to a Holden Caulfield story about the author himself (a bit like Into the Wild, now that I think on it), and into magazine article-style chapters on the things that ruin the country.
TODAY IN SLATE
Don’t Worry, Obama Isn’t Sending U.S. Troops to Fight ISIS
But the next president might.
Amazon Is Officially a Gadget Company. Here Are Its Six New Devices.
The Human Need to Find Connections in Everything
It’s the source of creativity and delusions. It can harm us more than it helps us.
How Much Should You Loathe NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell?
Here are the facts.
The Plight of the Pre-Legalization Marijuana Offender
What should happen to weed users and dealers busted before the stuff was legal?