Jane Austen's latest fan
My favourite author was just elevated to some political eminence when it was revealed that President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court, Elena Kagan, is an Austen aficionada. She reads "Pride & Prejudice" yearly!
This piece of very important information became public knowledge in a thread on Marty Peretz's Spine blog, here. This sensational bit of news, was discreetly inserted between discussions of Shylock, Derrida, TS Eliot, and suchlike, you know, the usual high-brow topics quarreled over on The New Republic, and immediately provoked waves of protestations and dire prognostications. The informer was poster K2K, a citizen of the Republic of Pemberley, who appeared to derive much relish from the shock waves of disbelief she unleashed. Here is what she said, somewhere on p. 2 of the blog post: