Gail Collins says her fascination with Texas began when she heard Gov. Rick Perry deliver an Alamo-like speech at a 2009 Tea Party rally. "We didn't like oppression then; we don't like oppression now," he roared. The problem was, "this was a rally about the stimulus package."
I am busy now reading Hilary Mantel's "Bring Up the Bodies." This is the best-selling hit sequel to the writer's Man Booker prizewinner, "Wolf Hall" -- a story that even amateur historians just can't get enough of -- the rise and fall of Anne Boleyn and of the men and women who rose and fell with her.