Because nobody wants to work on a Friday, especially when the sun is shining, I'm providing links to the best reading I've come across over the course of the past two months. Two of these articles are extremely lengthy, so be prepared. All three come from The New Yorker, which is easily the best magazine in the world. Enlighten yourselves. Enjoy.
Banksy Was Here - This is a fantastic piece about a Chelsea graffiti artist who crosses over into the mainstream. People spend days scouring London looking for his work, and nobody knows who he is. Everybody has a theory, but nobody knows for sure, so he manages to hold on to most of his street cred and make tonnes of dough at the same time. And the slide show of his work is out of this world, particularly the mural done on the side of a security wall in the West Bank. How he managed to draw that up in the middle of the night boggles the mind.
There and Back Again - This is one of the most ubelievable things I've ever read. There's a guy in here who commutes 342 miles every day. That's seven hours of driving to and from work, every day! Apparently there's an entire group of Americans; 3.5 million, to be exact; who are extreme commuters. They travel a minimum of 90 minutes each way, just to get to work everyday. Believe me, if you are reading this in the office, you will feel a whole lot better about your life (unless it took you two hours to get there). I have never been happier about working from home.
Four Short Crushes - Lookin' for love in all the wrong places... Short and sweet, and about as true as it gets.
Also, just a thanks to Richie, who managed to get my little revue of Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble on to The Band's web site. Check out the "What's New" section under the date: May 20, 2007.