> BEIRUT (Reuters) - Ridiculed at first, the new power which has seized a third of Iraq and triggered the first American air strikes since the U.S. troop withdrawal in 2011 – has carved itself a powerful and possibly lasting presence in the Middle East.
> Given the option, I would not have chosen to live above The Hole. For a long time, that is what I called the land below my window. Assigning no name would have been wise, but we humans stack together phonemes, uncontrollably, our way to bluff jurisdiction over space and time.
> Life-long NFL football fan Steve Almond recently wrote a book called Against Football in which he details why he is no longer watching the game he loves. Ian Crouch talked with Almond for the New Yorker. Any other year, Steve Almond would have seen the play.
> Sometime this spring, during the first half of the final season of “Mad Men,” the popular pastime of watching the show — recapping episodes, tripping over spoilers, trading notes on the flawless production design, quibbling about historical details and debating big themes —
> Your Facebook profile doesn’t have boxes to check which political party you belong to or whether you voted in the last election. But political organizations who already know that can now deliver Facebook ads to fit your political preferences.
> Before you roll your eyes at the idealistic nature of this title, know this about me – I’m not one of those people who skips dinner to stay at the office until 9:30 PM. I’m not the guy who won’t shut up about his job in between sips of Guinness at Friday’s Happy Hour.