If you’re reading this, the world didn’t end.

It’s time for the weekly links, and there’s almost, but not quite, a theme: comedy!

* The New York Times has a lengthy feature on Jerry Seinfeld. It’s a look at the comedian’s continuing obsession with standup.

* Judd Apatow edited the latest issue of Vanity Fair, which was devoted entirely to comedy. A lot of great pieces in it. Here’s a really interesting Q&A between Apatow and Albert Brooks. Another piece takes a look at the filming of The Blues Brothers. Cocaine was in the budget, as it is for TVFury.

* There are a lot of sites doing best-of lists right now for 2012 that focus on the best nonfiction pieces of the year. Lots of great features/profiles/investigations from the past year. Here are Quickish’s best sports stories of 2012. Check out Longform for their choices of the best stories of the year, on everything from best business pieces to best art stories. And Nieman puts together their best picks in audio, newspapers and magazines.

* Here’s a story that might have been published too late in the year to make those lists, but was incredible. It’s an inside look at the U.S. Army’s experiments with chemical warfare in the 1960s, told through the eyes of one of the program’s top scientists. The experiments — which used everything from LSD to much-more powerful compounds — were conducted on U.S. soldiers. It’s a fascinating piece.

* Michael Weinreb writes about Mount Union’s Larry Kehres for Grantland.

* Turns out this will not be the finale of The Tapes because the world isn’t going to end today. Dammit. So says USA Today, which claims that the infamous Mayan prediction of an Apocalypse was actually a mistranslation. Bummer?

* This week’s podcast of the week: The Adam & Drew Show. No, it’s not Loveline, but it is the same two hosts – Adam Carolla and Dr. Drew Pinske – talking about society as much as health and relationships. Sometimes, it’s astounding that these two have remained friends for so long given their very different approaches. Yet that’s why it works – they’re complementary pieces, like peanut butter and jelly. Here’s a link.

  1. Rich Jensen says:

    Was a bit surprised by the way people greeted the news that cocaine was in the budget for ‘Blues Brothers.’ A lot of ‘ha ha ha, oh well, who’s surprised?’ chortling.

    Yeah. Because, nobody *ever* died from an overdose of cocaine, right–or at least nobody involved in *that* movie? It was just a harmless bit of 80s culture that we can make jokes about now, right?

  2. Rich Jensen says:

    What I learned from that piece on Seinfeld.

    Seinfeld is the Jane Austen of stand up comedians.

  3. shawnfury says:

    Now, if I remember, you’re a big fan of Jane Austen…so does that mean you meant that as a compliment toward Seinfeld?

  4. Rich Jensen says:

    Jane Austen described her writing thus: ‘the little bit (two Inches wide) of Ivory on which I work with so fine a Brush, as produces little effect after much labor’

    It’s startlingly similar to how Seinfeld describes his work process.

    Both take great pains to produce something that appears effortless. Both are easily classed with lesser talents by virtue of a superficial similarity.

    In architecture, you could include Mies van der Rohe who did the Seagram building at 52th and Park. At first, just another glass and steel structure, but on closer examination, so much more.

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