The NYT has just posted a piece by Paul Greenberg that will appear in next week's Book Review, and asks why not a bail out for writers: What would such a bailout consist of? In the 1930s, Franklin Delano Roosevelt started the Federal Writers’ Project, under which some 6,000 out-of-work writers were hired over a period of several years to write guidebooks, oral histories, ethnographies and the like, and in the process "describe America to Americans." Unfortunately this potentially interesting philosophical exercise quickly devolves into the standard bemoaning that there are too many writers, too many MFAs, etc. etc., and the answer is to reduce them. Riiiiiight.
Dueling cheap drinks pieces from the NYT and the WaPo: champagne vs. wine. We'll stick with our latest frugal-ish addiction, the French table wine our local Wine + Market shop imports and has boxed. It's a riotous blend of grapes, and delicious.