As the rain outside begins to turn to snow, my mind seems to be slowing down and coming up empty this evening. So I send you elsewhere:

  • An entertaining essay at Aeon about why English is such a weird language. If you are offended by Scandinavians being called “Scandies” do not read it, though they get high praise for contributing to the weirdness as do the Celts and the Normans.

  • Rebecca Solnit’s response to the Esquire Magazine list of 80 books every man should read. In a nutshell: “I looked at that list and all unbidden the thought arose, no wonder there are so many mass murders.”