These links got us over the hump today. Check 'em out.
From The New York Times: What Is the Value of Stolen Art?
From The Atlantic: Drugs Will Kill Your Friends, an excerpt from Rob Delaney's forthcoming book.
From Gawker: Is Andy Kaufman Still Alive?
It's a bad day for state officials in the crosshairs of I-Teams.
First, in a release so well-timed for sweeps that it hardly seems possible, the state comptroller's office issued an audit report sharply critical of the Haslam administration's handling of property management and a contract with Jones Lang LaSalle. The report confirms a lot of what Scoopageddon himself, NewsChannel 5's Phil Williams, has been reporting over the last few months — namely, that the deal with JLL is a huge conflict of interest for the firm.
Oh, and it's worth millions, too.
Secondly, our Andrea Zelinski tells us that the state's corrections commissioner just completely ducked Channel 4's Jeremy Finley at the state's budget hearings.
Here are the things we've strained our eyes to read today. Enjoy:
From The New York Times: Redefining the Minimum Wage
From The Guardian: Why it matters who regulates Wall Street
From The Washington Post: Ann Patchett: A portrait in steel
One hundred and forty characters just isn't a lot of space.
It's time to make an observation, post a link or respond to someone else, but the limitations of Twitter are both feature and bug. For those of us who wish most people on Facebook would just shut up, it's a big feature. Still, though, it can be tough to tell something in a longer form.
Which is why we have a lot of admiration for Cari Gervin, a staff writer at Metro Pulse in Knoxville (you can find her work here). On the 20th anniversary of her dad's death, Gervin posted a series of tweets that are a reminder that interesting writing happens in all sorts of places, even Twitter. For all of its brevity, the medium has a visual side, which Gervin used to pepper the remembrance of her dad with some great family photos.
It's sweet, sad, funny, personal and utterly charming. And because of the medium, the normal distance that time puts between writer and reader is eliminated. It's a great example of how social media can work, even in ways that Twitter's creators probably never expected.
The tweets are after the jump. Gervin can be found on Twitter @carigervin — she's worth a follow.
Here at Pith Central, we read a lot of stuff. Some of the best, we pass along to you ...
From New Yorker: Thanksgiving in Mongolia
From the New York Times: How I helped teachers cheat
From SB Nation: A Desperate Trip Into the Ruins of Turner Field
You're probably feeling a little empty in a world with no Rob Ford updates. Console yourself with these links instead ...
From The Atlantic: Hyperemployment, or the Exhausting Work of the Technology User
From The New Republic: The Pivotal, Behind-the-Scenes Story of How the "Game Change" Guys Get Sources to Talk
OK, forgive us for, uh, taking yet another drag off this story, but THERE WAS MORE ROB FORD NEWS TODAY. (Caution: Ford's language is not safe for the little ears.)
From The New York Times: C.I.A. Is Said to Pay AT&T for Call Data
As of this writing, zero mayors admitted to smoking crack cocaine on Wednesday. However, we did learn that Miley Cyrus is coming to Nashville in April, so today was still exciting, in an absurd and somewhat upsetting sort of way.
From Rolling Stone: Laurie Anderson's Farewell to Lou Reed
From The Hollywood Reporter: Blockbuster to Close Remaining 300 Stores in U.S.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted today that he has in fact smoked crack cocaine.
"Yes," Ford told a crowd of reporters, whom he had just prodded into asking the question. "I have smoked crack cocaine."
In other news:
From The Guardian: Polar bear attacks: scientists warn of fresh dangers in warming Arctic
From The New York Times: Ben Stiller Discusses ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’
From Slate: The Sky May Be Filled with Earth-like Planets
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