• New York Times‘ profile of Newt Gingrich. Particularly good if you’re a young guy like me who didn’t know who Newt Gingrich was when he was Speaker of the House.
  • This Slate series by Timothy Noah examining a bunch of theories/reasons why we haven’t been attacked by Al Qaeda since September 11.
  • Stories like this one in the WaPo are far too common. Why does the Department of Social Services in every state seem to have at least one horrible screw up a year? The best story of this type I’ve ever read, BTW, is “The Girl in the Window.”
  • Finally, this Michael Lewis’ profile of Shane Battier (BOOOO! DUKE SUCKS!) is great all-around, but this paragraph blew my mind for some reason: “Battier was half-white and half-black, but basketball, it seemed, was either black or white. A small library of Ph.D. theses might usefully be devoted to the reasons for this. For instance, is it a coincidence that many of the things a player does in white basketball to prove his character — take a charge, scramble for a loose ball — are more pleasantly done on a polished wooden floor than they are on inner-city asphalt?”

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