WE'RE TALKING IRISH IRISH

All e-mail would be secure, excepting to other Gaels, were it written in Gaelic, and your primer would be "An Tenga Bheo," the Gaelic version of the Irish Times newspaper. Its Web site is great imagination candy for people who saw "Waking Ned Devine" and totally want to visit the Emerald Isle. It's part daily newspaper, part tour book, with RealAudio samples of Gaelic. A live webcam shows the traffic on the Dublin's O'Connell Bridge.

-- RICHARD HSU

richard@davincisnotebook.com

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE . . .

The editors of Arts & Letters Daily select what they consider the better articles on the Web from sites like Salon, Random House and Commentary. The page provides links to those articles with a short description, adding a few good links to the top each day, bumping old ones from the bottom to keep about 100 active.

The subject matter is far-ranging, with a recent edition offering insights into the art of rock criticism, the history and social manners of swimming pools, a treatise on mystery stories and a search for the real Henry Adams.

-- ROBERT THOMASON

thomason@clark.net

WHO DO YOU LOVE?

Readers of romance fiction have a difficult task separating the wonderful from the dreadful in their genre. The often-embarrassing cover art and the always-inaccurate jacket blurbs offer little guidance to a discriminating reader. Thank goodness for The Romance Reader, which offers an independent assessment of many new releases, judged on a scale of one to five hearts. The site also contains some interesting columns, including "My top 10 favorite romances of all time," in which authors LaVyrle Spencer, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and local authors Nora Roberts and Kathleen Gilles Seidel are often mentioned.

-- LAURA BLIGH

lbligh@CapAccess.org

GETTING THERE: The Gaelic version of the Irish Times newspaper, http://www.ireland.com/gaeilge/teangabeo/1999/0519/index.htm; the Arts & Letters Daily, http://www.cybereditions.com/aldaily; The Romance Reader, www.theromancereader.com