Skippy writes on the core syndrome animating America's gun violence: Americans themselves. In this post, he writes on why there will be no true change-- legally, culturally-- in America despite the recent Newtown, Connecticut tragedy. As Skippy writes:
Let's assume that you could get an effective gun control ban through Congress, which I don't believe that you can. That would almost certainly only affect the manufacture and sale of new weapons. There would still be 270 million existing guns out there in America.
People still own perfectly functional firearms from the Civil War, which was a century and a half ago. How long do you suppose that a modern AR-15 is designed to last?
Nathan, meanwhile, writes a perceptive review of Yann Martel's novel, Life of Pi. I see Nathan is "pulling a Koehler" and experimenting with his blog's format.
ADDENDUM: I once wrote a bit on Life of Pi here and here.