Assistant Editor Samantha Pitchel reads everything so you don’t have to. Here are the links she (and we) loved today:
Thirteen facts about Friday the 13th (also fact: there are two more in the next 13 weeks! The Mayans were right.)
Flaming Lips to release ridiculously cameo-heavy new album; expect collabs with Bon Iver, Yoko Ono, Nick Cave, Ke$ha, Lykke Li, Erykah Badu and more on the April album.
Presented without comment: Paula Deen has diabetes.
Why you shouldn’t leave your phone charging all night (it slowly kills the battery); why I’m single (British man buries wife alive).
Margaret Cho takes to Twitter to call out fat-shamers.
Diablo Cody is working on a Sweet Valley High musical; Fred Durst is Tumbl-ing about his 60-day juice cleanse; Lana del Rey’s Russian Vogue cover is beautiful / creepy / beautiful.
W. Kamau Bell on why comedians keep dying; also in "dying comedy" news — Rob got THREE TIMES more viewers than Parks and Rec.
Caitlin Fuller writes about the allure and legacy of Joan Didion:
“Women who encountered Joan Didion when they were young received from her a way of being female and being writers that no one else could give them.”
Pitchfork Reviews Reviews is back with “Interviewing Lil Wayne at a skateboarding apparel launch party.”
Occupy protestors and poetry come together in this video from DJ Dolack; homeless Long Island teen is Intel competition semifinalist.
Splitsider’s comprehensive guide to TV writers on Twitter.
You birth control is totally safe — or, at least, the FDA knows the dudes who make it, so it’s totally cool.
“You can say things in jest and have a little fun and deliver it a little different, and it seems to get more attention,” he said. “Dad’s been vetted pretty hard. If it takes a kid to draw some attention to some things, then so be it.”
"In Soviet Russia..." of the day: Russian finds 79 Kalashnikovs in firewood crates.
Could you deal with this? Pippa Middleton photographed over 400 times a day.
Frugalo organizes all your daily deal subscriptions on one site; this 3-in-1 retro breakfast station is only $50 (and my birthday is in September).
Recommended reading: on Faulkner and the black arts movement.
Located in the middle of the fountain in Washington Square Park, this pan-sexual portauthoriparty is the creation of Italian club owner Tranny Hall.
A day after the announcement that the first three eps will screen at SXSW, HBO announces premiere date for Lena Dunham’s Girls (it’s April 15). Watch the teaser, below:
And finally, Jimmy fallon is: Tebowie: