Via Andrew Sullivan, here's Daniel Florien on his disillusionment with Buddhism (echoing some of the things I wrote here and here).
Kira Cochrane on the women of Mad Men. She's right: they've dominated the second series and leavened the stodgy, predictable misogyny of Don Draper et al. The last few episodes have been worth watching for January Jones' performance alone.
Finally, Martin M. with some versions of American Civil War and Liberty songs - from Marian Anderson to the Muppets. And that's all the excuse I need to feature this spine-tingling version of The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, from The Last Waltz: