A friend of mine yesterday told me that her acupuncture doctor here in Germany plunges needles tipped with tiny balls of hasish into her pressure points. According to her, "Dr. Wang’s entire office reeks of hashish." Also, it feels soooo goooood.
Ed Philp recently sent me this joke: "A busload of people from different nations arrives at Heaven’s gates. A sign says "Heaven — turn left. Lectures About Heaven — turn right." The Germans all head to the right.
The fine Spiegel cover story on the "new atheists," which was announced by the classic cover "God is to blame for everything!" (see left), characterizes Christopher Hitchens as the "English Hans Magnus Enzensberger," which seems about right to me. Both are public intellectuals with a claim to have read everything, both migrated away from the left, both write tartly ironic prose, and both surprised many onlookers by supporting the Iraq war.