- “Officials Say The Darnedest Things” blogs quotes from politicians with just enough context to make you roll your eyes.
- The Atlantic Wire counts four reasons why Obama is probably hand-wringing over his reelection chances.
- Horacio Castellanos Moya on what it’s like to be a writer in exile.
- “The discussion page for the article on ‘Toilet Paper Orientation’ is 2x longer than that for the Iraq War.” That nugget comes from a wastefully informative infographic that presents everything you never needed to know about the different ways to hang your toilet paper. Let us ask, Over or under?
- Bookforum ponders what the Bestseller List would look like if authors could only make the list once in their careers.
- GOOD magazine examines The Eternal Shame of Your First Online Handle. Was yours worse than “Fink Ployd” or “principalrichardbelding”?
- Jorge may have earned a PhD in the United States, but he’s still an illegal immigrant with a bleak job outlook.
- It’s Poop Week at the birding and conservation blog 10,000 Birds. Boy, is it ever.
- What are you doing this summer? Please come to Washington and help stop a massive oil pipeline, say Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, Wendell Berry and other green leaders.
- Fukushima who? Nuclear power supporters get back to business as usual.
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