Assistant Editor Samantha Pitchel reads everything so you don’t have to. Here are the links she (and we) loved today:
Over at McSweeney’s, Ben Greenman gives you a day’s worth of facts to get you through the SOPA blackout.
WeAreThe99Percent.tumblr.com shares compelling stories from real people.
The Gloss asks, why are manic pixie dream girls getting dumber?
In 60 years, we’ve gone from idolizing women who were absolutely certain that they could do everything but back-flip-flops and Hollywood assuming that those would be the women who would set you free, to idolizing women who somehow made it 27 years without realizing that you don’t wear overalls to fancy restaurants. This seems like… it should have gone the opposite way?
Ban on wearing pajamas in public proposed by Louisiana priest:
"The moral fiber in our community is dwindling… If not now, when? Because it's pajama pants today, next it will be underwear tomorrow."
Teens sharing passwords as a sign of affection? (Bad idea, guys. Bad. Idea.)
How I Met Your Mother star Josh Radnor publishing an addiction memoir billed as “Eat, Pray, Love for those who would rather be reading McSweeney’s.” (His drug of choice? Ayahuasca, an Amazonian hallucinogen.)
The disease leaves the fruit safe to eat and poses no threat to human health but attacks a tree's vascular system, reducing fruit size and affecting color, sometimes causing fruit to drop before ripening, according to the Texas Department of Agriculture.
Psst: The Millions points out that all of Stephen Fry’s Quite Interesting has been uploaded to YouTube.
Writer Jennifer Weiner evaluates 2011 in New York Times book reviews…of female-authored titles.
Pico Iyer joins “On Point with Tom Ashbrook” to discuss the importance of “unplugging.”
Perhaps you remember BlackPeopleLoveUs.com, the website of a white couple who protested too much? Or maybe the Rejection Line, a fake phone number that let suitors down easy with a soothing voicemail? Both were weekend projects Mr. Peretti cooked up with his sister Chelsea, a stand-up comedian and writer for Parks and Recreation —experiments designed to see if he could replicate the viral effect.
You’ve only got about 50 more hours to donate to Improv Everywhere’s Kickstarter:
New Santigold video for single “Big Mouth”: