December 27th, outsourced

Of all the parodies of Jean Claude Van Damm doing the splits, this delightful one from Gaza is my favorite.

William Dalrymple (author of the delightful From the Holy Mountain) on Christians in the Middle East. [HT Jeremy]

Seven delightful words in English that have been forgotten. Some of those sound like they came straight out of Harry Potter. [HT Blair]

Movie scenes recreated in cardboard, with a baby. Delightful. [HT Kathy]

Jeremy sent me the link to these 33 delightful GIFs that are guaranteed to make you laugh. I didn't respond to his email soon enough, I guess, because he sent me another email asking, "Were you not diverted?" To which I responded, "yes, yes, excessively."

Society is so delightful sometimes.

Is "delightful" the new "cool"?

Nothing delightful about this: the Syrian war, on the Street Called Straight.

My best books of 2013 (and other distinctions)

Target gender?