At Easily Distracted, Tim Burke's"Shame" urges us to think about shame as a bottom line to which appeal can be made. Its absence, in regimes abroad or at home, is a crucial warning signal. The behavior of the administration and congress in the Terry Schiavo case suggests that we've become near shameless.
Update: At 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, Atlanta's federal appeals court declined to intervene in the case.
Marc Lacey,"Beyond the Bullets and Blades," NYTimes, 20 March, looks at persistent war in the Congo through the eyes of two young boys, both named"Innocent." As D. B. Light says, they are the face of"pre-modern war". Why must they be so condemned in a"post-modern" world?
Richard Norton Smith's"Our Literary Leaders: Books Are at Home in the White House" The Weekly Standard, 28 March, is a first-rate essay on the reading habits of the presidents.
Congratulations to our colleague, Sharon Howard, whose article,"Investigating Responses to Theft in Early Modern Wales: Communities, Thieves and the Courts", appears in the current issue of Continuity and Change. At Early Modern Notes, Dr. Howard has also posted two short essays, with bibliography, on doing Women's History.