Today's best links:
S.E. Hinton, a.k.a. Your Majesty from the L.A. Times
“When I was young, all the books were about a Mary Jane and the football player and the prom and ending up with the quiet guy and making your mom happy,” she said. “Well, I’d been to a few proms, and it was about who got killed in the parking lot and who's got the booze inside.”
Comparing Fingerprints: What's the Point? from Lee Lofland's "The Graveyard Shift"
"It is the duty of fingerprint examiners to compare certain characteristics of a suspect’s fingerprint, known as points of identity, or minutiae, to points on fingerprints found at the scene of a crime. This comparison can prove that the suspect had, at some point in time, been at that particular scene. A fingerprint match alone does not, however, prove the suspect committed the crime."
Those Ignorant Atheists from Salon.com
"Atheists of the Ditchkins [referring to Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins] persuasion have raised valid points about the sordid social and political history of religion, with which Eagleton largely agrees. Yet their arguments are fatally undermined by their own unacknowledged dogmas and doctrines, he goes on to say, and they completely fail to understand Christian faith (or any other kind) except in its stupidest and most literal-minded form."
Getting the Call from Rachel Gardner, Literary Agent
"It's the moment every writer dreams of: the day an agent emails or calls to say, 'I'd like to discuss representation.'"