* Wes Anderson’s The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders.
* A billion-year storage medium that could outlive the human race.
* New drugs could extend cancer patients’ lives—by days. At a cost of thousands and thousands of dollars. Prompting some doctors to refuse to use them.
* Friendship Is Magic: Malcolm Harris on branding the left.
* Maryville, Missouri Is a Lawless Hellhole, And Other Things You Can’t Say About Small Towns.
* The rich are different: Filthy Lucre.
* The wisdom of markets: Pinterest is now valued at $3.8 billion after its most recent round of fundraising generated $225 million. It’s an impressive feat for a company without any revenue. Note: that’s not no profit. That’s no revenue whatsoever.
* Milwaukee police use-of-force reports more than double.
* A City Or A Swamp? One Year Later, Hoboken Still Struggling With Sandy.
* With a $100 million endowment and annual revenues approaching $300 million, TFA is flush with cash and ambition. Its clout on Capitol Hill was demonstrated last week when a bipartisan group of lawmakers made time during the frenzied budget negotiations to secure the nonprofit its top legislative priority — the renewal of a controversial provision defining teachers still in training, including TFA recruits, as “highly qualified” to take charge of classrooms.
* Abolition never happened: There could be slaves in the supply chain of your chocolate, smartphone and sushi.
* Decadence watch: Mixed Martial Arts for kids.
* Malcolm Gladwell’s New Book Asks Us To Pity the Rich.
* Editorial: F**k Jared Diamond.
* Douglas Hofstadter, The Man Who Would Teach Machines to Think. The Rapid Advance of Artificial Intelligence. Why We Should Think About the Threat of Artificial Intelligence.
* More Than 15 Million Americans Now Live Within One Mile Of A Fracking Well. Nearly 300 Oil Spills Went Unreported In North Dakota In Less Than Two Years.
* Someone should put this guy in charge of a hypertrophic, paranoid security state. He’d do great.
* A California woman who received a life sentence for killing her abusive pimp at age 17 will be released after a mere 19 years in prison.
* How to Turn Robert’s Rules Into a Force for Good.
* And RIP, Lou Reed. The Neil Gaiman interview.