* Really good read: "the conservative case against the suburbs."
* Climate change in action: the Dust Bowl was the worst drought in 1,000 years.
* For some fun schadenfreude, check in with Rod Dreher on the latest from the Vatican.
* Sure would be nice if the Republicans weren't blocking the nominee for the Surgeon General right about now.
* At last: HBO to break from the cable monopolies.
* In praising Gotham, Patton Oswalt comes up with a way it could have been even better.