The New York Times Book Review discusses The Heights, the Brooklyn-centric new novel by the author of What's Eating Gilbert Grape.
"Manhatta," by Yoni Brenner, is one of the funnier things The New Yorker has run in a long time.
Also in The New Yorker, Ken Auletta discusses whether the iPad can save the book business.
The Yaliens Among Us - The New York Observer's culture section profiles Yale's New York City alumni and how they relate to one another.
The AV Club's running "Gateways to Geekery" feature has an interesting primer on the work of the cult British post-punk band The Fall.
Our trip to The Thermals' concert at Brooklyn Bowl on Wednesday inspired me to dig this old 'Random Rules' with Kathy Foster up out of the AV Club's archives.
And, finally, just because they're awesome:
The Thermals, covering Nirvana's "Sappy" and Green Day's "Basket Case"