I recommend this article by Elif Batuman, about her life as a writer preceding and following the publication of her bestselling book. It has a good bit about having dinner with Jonathan Franzen after an awards ceremony.

Also, these pictures from a photography award in the US. There is a great one of basketball, and also an eyewitness one of Deepwater Horizon going down.

This is a clever comic strip that uses Google searches to predict what’s going to happen in the future.

Here are some entertaining reimaginings of Star Wars, as though George Lucas had taken his inspiration not from The Hidden Fortress, but other Akira Kurosawa films.

Physics! Apparently you could have a planet inside a black hole.

JJ Abrams (the Lost guy, yeah?) reimagines the novel – although it sounds like a sort of rip off of Pale Fire to me.