Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things from the web that caught my eye this week:

A history of Midnight Madness

The National Book Awards finalists have been announced. Two American history books are on the list: Drew Gilpin Faust’s This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War and Annette Gordon Reed, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family. Gordon Wood’s review of The Hemingses of Monticello.

Andrew Sullivan: “Why I Blog.

Dinesh D’Souza’s Philadelphia Inquirer review of Michael Novak’s No One Sees God: The Dark Night of Atheists and Believers

The New Republic, David Brooks, and Barack Obama. Here and here.

More Catholic abortion wars: George Weigel in Newsweek and a response from Anthony Stevens-Arroyo. Here is an interesting piece from today’s Washington Post.

I am looking forward to reading this book.