--Philip Caputo on Mexico's drug wars

--Tim Garton Ash and Anne Applebaum on 1989

--Gina Kolata on cancer drugs (really, it's fascinating!)

--Hanna Rosin on Christianity and the housing bust

--Elizabeth Kolbert on Freakonomics

--(TNR's own) Brad Plumer on Michael Specter's new book

--And The Onion on Sasha Obama's White House activities