* I had to read this piece by Susannah Breslin about the porn industry in pieces because I found it profoundly depressing. Still, it's an amazing piece of work.
* A cocktail for your Harry Potter-themed Halloween party.
* I can't figure out if this update on the Clue board game is the best thing ever or a sign that something has gone horribly wrong.
* Yet another thing to go see the next time you're in New York.
* The Harper's Weekly Review is especially amusing this week, especially in the last graf.
* I think so many writers also suffer from depression because it's good if you already live with a certain amount of despair and have mechanisms already in place to deal with it.
* It's said that when you have to compare your opponent to Hitler, you've already lost the debate. The same can be true when you compare an unfortunate situation to rape.
* Judith Warner nails it. Sample quote: "This is the cruelty of middle age, I find: just when things have gotten good — really, really, consistently good — I have become aware that they will end."