The New York Times published a piece yesterday that I wrote after wondering why we have gone so crazy with plastic surgery. It isn't that I'm against all surgeries, all cosmetic touch-ups. It is just that we're collectively in danger of losing our bearings here--too many people I know are going way too far with needle and knife. The comment section is worth a look, too. I'm still amazed enough by the glories of the Internet to be amazed that one can publish a piece and hear what people think within moments...I know, I should be tweeting, but I've come up against the limits of my online sociability. Speaking of, fabulous piece in the same issue by Jonathan Franzen: Liking is for Cowards. Go for What Hurts. Love, naturally. Franzen writes movingly about how he fell in love with birds, and how that opened him up to a world of love.