A week or so after leaking word that George W. Bush spent part of his summer reading Albert Camus' "The Stranger," the White House announced today that the president is "saddened to learn of the passing of Egypt's Nobel Prize Laureate in Literature, Naguib Mahfouz."
No word on whether Bush ever read anything Mahfouz wrote. But really -- so many books, so little time. Asked about his summer reading, Bush tells NBC's Brian Williams: "I was in Crawford and I said I was looking for a book to read, and Laura said, 'You oughtta try Camus.' I also read three Shakespeares."
Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.