I'm late blogging it but Sunday's Boston Globe had a very interesting story about McCain speechwriter/co-author/confidante Mark Salter (about whom you can read more in Zengerle's fine piece in our new issue) and the literary project of crafting the McCain brand. One colorful bit:

The senator, who had never previously relied on a speechwriter, bonded quickly with Salter over their common literary interests, especially Irish fiction, passing between them the short stories of William Trevor and novels of Roddy Doyle.

--Michael Crowley