Assistant Editor Samantha Pitchel reads everything so you don’t have to.
Here are the links we loved today:
Michael Bay movie or white-collar crime coverup? The New York Times’ profile of international casino magnate Sheldon Adelson comes days after opened corporate documents revealed involvement with “Chinese organized crime groups.” Adelson has reportedly donated as much as $10 million to the Gingrich campaign.
English Russia’s nominees for the best photographs of 2011, “Events / Everyday Life” category, are pretty incredible.
GOOD explains what the TV show New Girl says about the new recession-era man; Does online dating make things more complicated by giving you too many options?
CFDA releases “model health guidelines” in anticipation of Fashion Week.
Beautiful words from Jonathan Evison on why writers (and readers) endure:
My devotion to writing novels probably cost me my first marriage. It prevented me from being a homeowner, from having insurance, from being a father, from ever owning a reliable car. I was forced to wonder whether I was a disappointment to my family, whether I was a failure as an artist. As a middle-aged man I was forced to ask hundreds of sweaty and impatient tourists whether they wanted chocolate jimmies on their froyo. Why did I do it?
The BBC explores the possibilities of “transmedia,” storytelling that brings fiction from paper to multiple platforms.
On ending friendships (and why it’s not always a bad thing):
Psychologists consider it an inevitable life stage, a point where people achieve enough maturity and self-awareness to know who they are and what they want out of their remaining years, and have a degree of clarity about which friends deserve full attention and which are a drain. It is time, in other words, to shed people they collected in their youth, when they were still trying on friends for size.
New video for “Bummer,” off the album We Are The Champions, from JEFF the Brotherhood:
Time-lapse images of Earth taken from space: