Go out and raise a glass (or several) to F. Scott Fitzgerald. He was born on this day in 1896.

Emma Straub on All Things Considered.

Post-Potter J. K. Rowling gets profiled by The New Yorker.

True tales of Vladimir V. Putin calling Masha Gessen and Joseph Stalin calling Mikhail Bulgakov.

Laura Miller reviews Marco Roth’s The Scientists at Salon. (Here’s our take on the very same book in the event you want to read two reviews.)

Bob Dylan’s weird relationship with John Lennon.

Matthew Yglesias  at Slate on why American just can’t have nice things.

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