Generation Potter: What would our twentysomethings be without the Harry Potter phenom that defined their childhood? “Glasses would be less round.No one would parade around in long, striped scarfs. No Muggles. No Britishisms.” Studies suggest that they’re reading more than their predecessors. But more importantly, writes Monica Hesse, is “the gift of anticipation, and the ability to wait in line. Potterphiles, accustomed to midnight-release parties, will grow into adulthood and suddenly the DMV will become serene.” (Also: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” reviewed by Ann Hornaday.)
A new bio disputes President Obama’s story about his mom lacking insurance coverage for her fatal cancer... Charlie Sheen’s police escort was routine and probably unobjectionable but probably shouldn’t have been arranged so casually, says an inspector-general report that ’s maybe the last word on this months-long controversy.
“It takes those of us with two titanium hips and a titanium shoulder a bit longer to get through TSA.”
— Donald Rumsfeld on his pull-aside at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport.