Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Thoughts on the history of reading

Jack Rakove reviews Kevin Phillips’s 1775: A Good Year for a Revolution

Alan Jacobs: “A Christmas Thought About Guns

How to show them you want the job

Christmas in 1776 and 1739

Writing fiction vs. writing non-fiction

The whole nine yards

David Bromwich reviews Lincoln, the film

Do we still need libraries?

New York and the end of the world

David Barton on the “biblical” Second Amendment

Is Bill O’Reilly the most popular historian in America?

The culture of guns and the culture of narcissism

Narrative and historical distance

Don’t “feed the hungry