1. "The End Of The Affair": House contributor Sarah Bunting drop-kicks Mr. Butts.
["I have told myself the same kinds of stories a hundred thousand times in the last six days, how much I miss smoking, how well smoking treated me, how getting back together with smoking would fix everything, how if I don't get back together with smoking, I can't go on. The first day, I lay in bed, and on the couch, and on the other couch, and on the floor, and in bed again, and I cried and cried and cried. I cried the whole day. I cried myself to sleep; I cried in my sleep; I woke up, tried to open my eyes, could barely force them ajar because the lids had gotten so puffy from the crying, and started crying again. I ate Tic-Tacs and Altoids and chewed gum, I cut drinking straws in half and "smoked" them, I gnawed on toothpicks and carrots and pens and cuticles, and while I did all these things, I cried. I couldn't stop crying, and so I cried even harder, drenched with shame."]
2. "The 10 worst Super Bowl ads of all time": And here are links to a Salon article on ad #3; a still from ad #9 (which is plenty, believe me); and video links to ads #8; #7; #5; #4; #2; and #1. And check this site for more.
["Large companies have found a lot of ways to throw away good money, but it's hard to imagine a higher-profile failure than a catastrophic Super Bowl ad."]
3. "Method Men": Armond White on the Film Forum reissue of Becket.
["Charlize Theron, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ryan Gosling, Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench had better get in line at Film Forum and learn something."]
4. "Escaping From the Shadow of the 'Wall'": From MSNBC.
["Maya Lin designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial 25 years ago—she's spent the time since then proving she's no one-hit wonder."]
5. " Translating the State of the Union": Edward Copeland reads between the lines.
["Madam Speaker (damn you), Vice President Cheney (master), Members of Congress (turncoats), distinguished guests and fellow citizens:
This rite of custom brings us together at a defining hour (immediately following American Idol)—when decisions are hard and courage is tested. We enter the year 2007 with large endeavors underway, and others that are ours to begin. In all of this, much is asked of us. We must have the will to face difficult challenges and determined enemies—and the wisdom to face them together (We're depending on him for wisdom? We're in trouble)."]
"Links for the Day": Each morning, the House editors post a series of weblinks that we think will spark discussion. Comments encouraged.