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Friendly Henleys: A roundup of the finest placketed thermal shirting your fall layering requires. [Well Spent]

Heart Burning, Still Yearning: In honor of Bob Dylan’s newest album, Tempest, dropping this week, The Atlantic relives the 10 most poignant moments of his career. [The Atlantic]

Best Side: Because you ought to be getting your gambling advice from NPR, here’s an interesting tip on how to cover the spread during evening games. [NPR]

Tinker with Greatness: Nuggets of wisdom from the enigmatic man responsible for some of the most iconic shoes ever made: Nike Air Jordans. (He’s designed every single one of them.) [GQ]

Dusting Off: Digging a Hole to China

There comes a point in every boy’s life when he realizes that digging a hole to China is impossible. Previous attempts at burrowing a Sino-antipodean tunnel had been foiled not by the inability of the boy’s plastic shovel to withstand earth’s 9,800-degree inner core, but rather by a late-afternoon thunderstorm or his mother’s maddening penchant for whisking him off the beach just as the tip of a chopstick was being exhumed. “If only I didn’t have to take a nap today,” he’d reckon, “I’d be in Hong Kong by supper.” We could all benefit from dusting off that sort of arrogant, boyish ignorance once in a while.

The older we get, the more absurd our childish scheme becomes. As Robert Krulwich explains, China’s antipode, or diametrical opposite, is in fact 150 miles north of Buenos Aires. If you dug a hole from any point in the contiguous 48 states, you’d end up in the South Pacific Ocean somewhere. And that’s not nearly as cool as ending up in China.

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Private Eyes: This cannot get on newsstands fast enough. [GQ]

Down Low, Too Slow: NPR surveys a few flu-safe alternatives to the high five. Maybe now, fingerguns will finally have their day. [NPR]

Now, What Will 50 Rap About?: Kanye’s Pastelle line has merged with the infinite. Despite years of “first looks” will never, ever see store shelves. [High Snobiety]

I Turn My Camera On: Wired’s photoblog goes inside the Leica factory for a series of camera production pics. The entire post may turn out to be an elaborate visual pun. [Raw File]



The britmag Monocle has been churning through media pretty quickly, but they’ve finally gotten around to radio. Well, podcasts to be specific, but there’s definitely a BBC/NPR sheen to the latest product.

The first week’s topics include Norwegian finance and the philosophy of happiness, but it’s all more or less what you’d expect from an issue of Monocle, audio or otherwise. Of course, they’re coming a little late to the party, and we can’t help but feel like the public-radio ambition (right down to the piano jazz!) is inspired by a bit of friendly competition between Monocle’s Tyler Brûlé and Wired’s Kurt Andersen, currently working on NPR’s Radiolab.

Hear the first broadcast here.