Friday links

Some interesting links to get you through the day (if the Halloween sugar rush isn’t doing it for you)…

How the imported holiday of Halloween meshes with Japan’s long tradition of monsters/fairies/supernatural creatures… http://tinyurl.com/6xcm2j

Banking, Islamic style… http://tinyurl.com/5stcmt 

The resurgence of vampires as romantic figures in popular chick lit and what that says about romance and the modern woman (I find it kind of funny that this is from WSJ)… http://tinyurl.com/6juk3f

How closely have you been following the election? Take the New Yorker’s quiz to see how well you remember the highlights and lowlights of the last two years… http://tinyurl.com/4ljsxh

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