thursday reading list.

2 guys reading paper at bar

Made from the finest the internet has to offer.

Chris Wallace of the Paris Review on Christopher Wallace’s (aka Biggie) construction and maintenance of his character. Wallace the writer then interweaves his own story with that of Biggie’s Wallace and hip hop in general to create a chronicle of self-mythology and identity crisis.

Chris Heath of GQ gets a fairly rare glimpse inside the life (and house!) of Robert Downey Jr. The interview covers everything from flopped movies to bestiality to his even brighter future ahead.

Jill Lepore at the New Yorker discusses the troubling gun violence that plagues our nation at present and our inability to stop the bleeding.

SB Nation releases some obscenely early rankings for next year’s NCAA Basketball season. Kentucky should be spooked after this year at being ranked #1 for 2013-14. 

Ryan Koronowski of Climate Progress discusses the State Department’s Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, its woeful neglect of Keystone XL’s climate impact, and John Kerry’s odd refusal to be involved in the conversation.