This week is being looked after by Tim Carmody. He is doing some cool things, including an investigation into the provenance of the various quotations that people are circulating to sum up their feelings about Bin Laden’s killing and the reaction to it.

What I’ve really enjoyed, though, is some of the extracts he’s published from favourite books, like this:

Here is an audio recording of [Susan Stewart] reading one of my favorite of her poems, “Apple,” which begins:

If I could come back from the dead, I would come back
for an apple, and just for the first bite, the first
break, and the cold sweet grain
against the roof of the mouth, as plain
and clear as water.

This poem also includes a Twitter-worthy quip: “If an apple’s called ‘delicious,’ it’s not.”

Love that poem.