Cricket, Lovely Cricket? Lawrence Booth presents his memoir of an English cricket fan as an addict’s guide to the game, with chapters on the teams, the umpires, the media and so on. It is a wry, self-deprecating and amusing look as much at the “world’s most exasperating game” of the subtitle as at the most exasperating experience of following it – especially if you happen to be an England fan. And I love that question mark, which encapsulates the dualities that underscore the life of a cricket fan – why, as Booth explains, the sport matters so much and yet not at all. — The Independent [via 3 Quarks Daily]

Hack of Palin e-mail makes case for sticking with .gov account. The break-in comes amid controversy over the Alaska governor’s use of the Yahoo e-mail account for state business. Internal documents obtained by reporters allegedly show Palin staffers discussing the possibility of using unofficial channels, such as personal e-mail accounts, as a means of evading subpoenas and requests under the state’s open records law targeting her official account. — Ars Technica

Monks with guns? Burma’s younger activists get bolder. Last year’s crackdown on Burma’s biggest protests in 19 years spurred them to try new tactics, from teaching human rights to stockpiling arms. — The Christian Science Monitor

Stuff White People Like. In January, Christian Lander — a Ph.D. dropout who worked as a corporate communications manager in Los Angeles — started a blog called Stuff White People Like. By February, the site was a runaway hit, garnering 30,000 hits daily. By March, it was getting 300,000. SWPL — which catalogs the tastes, prejudices, and consumption habits of well-off, well-educated, youngish, self-described progressives — was refreshing because it’s everything a blog, almost by definition, is not. Rather than serving up unedited, impromptu, self-important ruminations on random events and topics, the tightly focused, stylishly written, precisely observed entries eschew the genre’s characteristic I (though Lander in fact writes nearly all of them) and adopt a cool, never snarky though sometimes biting, pseudo-anthropological tone. — The Atlantic Monthly

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