Newt Gingrich's departure from the presidential campaign trail "was treated as news," says writer Benno Nelson. But why do we make news items out of things that aren't interesting or surprising at all? "His campaign has been dead for months," Nelson says, "yet he emerges...as a leading story by saying precisely the thing that has the least impact on anyone's life."
The story of a Brazilian man who died after performing the role of Judas in the Passion of the Christ inspired writer Ian Belknap to think about this story as a performance piece gone inspirationally wrong.
James Finn Garner argues that the people most irritated about the lack of fiction Pulitzers this year aren't authors. Rather "the screaming about...the slap in the face to the writers" was all coming from publishers and their marketing departments.