1. Former Monthly blogger Kevin Drum lost his famous cat Inkblot last night. Send some karmic vibrations his way.

2. Classic Michael Pollan essay on opium.

3. Yet another Koch-funded study on global warming finds that…yep, it’s for real.

4. Kieran Healy trolls the Olympics fans. I wonder how long it took to make that graph.

5. Is modern pop music increasingly homogenous? Their song-choosing methodology seems a bit dubious. (Also, I wonder what the likes of Opeth would look like so analyzed.)

Any good reads out there I missed?

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Follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanlcooper. Ryan Cooper is a national correspondent at The Week. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, The New Republic, and The Nation.