Want to learn more about the poet inside Barack Obama? Check out The Guardian's look at his undergraduate poems. In response to the poem "Pop," poet Ian McMillan says, "There's a humanity in the poem, a sense of family values and shared cultural concerns that give us a hint of the Democrat to come."

Also, check out George Saunders on Sarah Palin in the New Yorker, wherein he contemplates moose-hunting, lipstick-wearing, and being Regular. (Thanks to the Unreliable Narrator for the heads-up!)

Last day to register to vote is October 6. That's all I'm saying.