> “One thing is for sure,” declared an influential American critic and record industry analyst, Bob Lefsetz, in a recent post on the topic of streaming music. “One service will dominate, it’s where we’ll all go, because we want to share, we don’t want to be left out.”
> We’ve all been there: It’s been a long week at work, so Friday night, you reward yourself by going to bed early and sleeping in. But when you wake up the next morning (or afternoon), light scathes your eyes, and your limbs feel like they’re filled with sand.
> BECAUSE Mike McAlary started reporting on cops for the New York tabloids in 1985, Nora Ephron’s play “Lucky Guy,” which recently completed its run, featured word processors on the newsroom desks rather than typewriters. Too bad.
> I was 29 years old and living the dream, or at least my version of it, when everything changed. I was in love with an amazing woman and had a rent-controlled sublet in New York City’s West Village and a good job at a glossy magazine.
> 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 —