A little something to help you pass the time as you recalibrate the odds of winning your NCAA pool in a world without Memphis. As always, here is some of the best reading I've come across over the past week.
By Atul Gawande
Is solitary confinement a form of torture? Sounds a lot like it to me.
Tails of Manhattan
By Woody Allen
A great little short story by New York City's favourite son. Two former investors are reincarnated as lobsters. They wind up sharing a tank in an upscale, Upper East Side seafood restaurant. In walks Bernie Madoff. Comedy ensues.
Dear A.I.G., I Quit!
By Jake DeSantis
The other side of the coin. This is a letter from one of the much maligned A.I.G. employs who was scheduled to receive one of the bailout bonuses, eloquently explaining his side of the story, showing exactly how Edward Liddy hung his guys out to dry, and offering what he proposes to do with his share of the money. It really is a heartfelt treatise, and well worth the read, if for no other reason to bear witness to some of the ways in which politicians have been spinning this story.
Thanks to Rosco for the piece.
Winnie Cooper Gets Married: A Generation of Kevin Arnolds Weep
I won't lie to you. I may have shed a tear upon hearing this news. The dream is officially dead.
Let this be your warning: you will spend an inordinate amount of time on this website. The Chive bills itself as the world's largest photoblog, and there is some classic material to be found. Particularly the "Best Photobombers Ever" chapters.
Sporno: 20 Pictures in Which Sport and Porn Collide
This one pretty well speaks for itself.
The Meat Bracket
By Paul Lukas
I found this to be strangely entertaining and informative. Paul Lukas takes us on a vegetarian's nightmare: an NCAA-style single elimination bracket.... of MEAT!