Here are some interesting, fun, or otherwise notable things I’ve come across on the web lately:
— Laurie Penny’s searing essay in The Independent, about nice guys who rape;
— Historian John G. Turner in the New York Times on racism in the Mormon Church;
— A disturbing piece by the excellent Sady Doyle in In These Times, on our culture’s fascination with female train wrecks;
— Garry Wills in the NYRB on Romney’s taxes (among other things, Mr. Wills will school you as to the origin of the phrase, “pig in a poke”);
— And finally, there’s this bizarre story out of Europe on what is possibly the worst art restoration of all time: a well-meaning elderly amateur painter, in an effort to “improve” a priceless century-old fresco in a Spanish church, shocked parishioners when she managed to make its image of our Lord and Savior resemble a monkey. Rhesus Christ?