The Morning Banter: The End of the U.S., "Gravity" Soars, and Crüe Intentions

Another Monday is here so it's back to the grind with you. Here's a little reading material to keep you entertained while contemplating how sorry you are that the weekend's over.
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Another Monday is here so it's back to the grind with you. Here's a little reading material to keep you entertained while contemplating how sorry you are that the weekend's over.
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Another Monday is here so it's back to the grind with you. Here's a little reading material to keep you entertained while contemplating how sorry you are that the weekend's over.

1. The Beginning of the End

You've probably figured out by now that any time Jonathan Chait has something to say, you should probably give it a listen -- and he's certainly been on fire since the government unceremoniously closed for business almost a full week ago. His latest piece takes a look at how the Republican hostage politics we've witnessed over the past few years -- the culmination of which we're all living through right now -- is threatening the entire U.S. system of government.

New York Magazine: The Shutdown Prophet/10.4.13

2. Black Eye

Remember when BlackBerry was the height of smartphone technology? Yeah, those were the days.

The Huffington Post: BlackBerry Shareholder Files Class Action Lawsuit Alleging Company Misled Investors/10/5/13

3. Defying Gravity

Gravity broke records this weekend by pulling in $55.6 million on the backs of reviews that are, in a word, stellar. The movie is truly a game-changer, as much as that term has been used to death in our culture, and it's now at the very top of the Oscar race and might just be securing its place as a cultural phenomenon. In IMAX 3D in particular, seeing Gravity is probably the closest most of us will ever get to actually going into space. The Atlantic talks to the movie's science advisor.

The Atlantic: How Realistic Is "Gravity?"/10.4.13

4. Crüe Cut

Say what you will about them but Mötley Crüe have always been one hell of a band. Loud, unapologetically debaucherous, and shockingly still alive and kicking after subjecting their bodies to an awe-inspiring array of chemicals and experiences, they've made some pretty damn good rock-and-roll throughout their 33-year career. Now, though, they're getting ready to give it all up and go out with one last tour.

Rolling Stone: Nikki Sixx Talks Motley Crue's Farewell/10.5.13

Have a good one, folks.