Blonde Redhead is band based in New York. The lead singer, Kazu Makino, had to have her face rebuilt after a horse stepped on it. An estimated eighty percent of US police departments have SWAT teams. They were created to respond to extreme situations—standoffs with heavily armed fugitives, hostages, snipers. They are used most often to serve search warrants on drug suspects. They are armed with military assault weapons and armored vehicles, and things go wrong. Michael Bierut is a designer, and The 100 Days Project was his challenge to design students: create something every day for 100 days. This has now become a thing. The Great Discontent is a website that has begun producing an irregularly appearing print journal. Ricky Jay is the world's foremost authority on sleight-of-hand and card tricks. He once opened for the B-52s. He can throw a playing card with such force it pierces a watermelon rind, and obliged members of a rock concert audience who bared their chests and begged him to throw cards at them. His throws were on target and drew blood. Stephen Morgan is a sociologist at Johns Hopkins University. Roger Grenier, in his essay "Waiting and Eternity," collates examples of waiting in Flaubert, Chekhov, Homer, Camus, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, and several others, to not much effect. The most interesting part of the essay is a footnote in which he cites the Alphonse Daudet short story "The Pope's Mule," about a mule in the papal court at Avignon that waits seven years for the opportunity to kick the shit out of a man who had once tormented him. I like that mule.