There's a wonderful children's story by Roald Dahl titled Fantastic Mr. Fox. Mr. Fox is a wily fellow whose record of chicken theft has driven three local farmers to the point of madness.
It really is extraordinary. Bechtel is awarded the biggest reconstruction contract in Iraq without having to compete for it.
"They got whacked and won't try that again," said an unnamed Pentagon official in the wake of the recent deadly confrontation in the Iraqi town of Samarra.
"Iwouldn't ask him to escort my daughter to her senior prom," explained
one of the jurors who in mid-November acquitted Robert Durst of
murdering his quarrelsome neighbor, Morris Black.
He's an intriguing moral bellwether, Nathaniel Heatwole.
Philip Roth's novel The Human Stain attracted considerable
attention some years back; it was widely read as a fictionalized version
of literary critic Anatole Broyard's life.