Reads of the week: Wis. recall, lunchtime dance breaks and Junior Seau

Each week, we share what we’ve been reading and looking at online:

Kryssy Pease:

As a Wisconsinite, I’m fascinated with the recall effort. The Democratic primary is Tuesday, and Gov. Scott Walker has raised insane amounts of money, primarily from out-of-state.

And the fundraising breakdown.


(MADISON, WI – Boxes containing signatures to recall Gov. Scott Walker pile up in a store room at the Government Accountability Offices on January 17, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin. Over one-million signatures were collected in 60-days for a petition to recall Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. 540,000 were required by law. Photo by Mark Hirsch/Getty Images)

Meggan Ellingboe:

I must credit my friend, Stephanie, for alerting me to Sweden’s leadership in re-inventing the lunch hour.

Alex DiPalma:

NYT’s Ben Ratliff said it best: Jon Caramanica is to Earl Sweatshirt as Caro is to LBJ.

Chris Dall:

When I first heard about the (apparent) suicide of former NFL player Junior Seau, my initial thought was that he was already seeing signs of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), which has been found in other former football players who died at relatively young ages. And that got me thinking: how long before athletes who might otherwise be inclined to play football decide it’s just not worth it? Science writer Jonah Lehrer hits the nail on the head in the first sentence of this article for Grantland.

Maddy Mahon:

I love any look back at the young lives (and love lives) of presidents, and David Maraniss’ new book on Barack Obama seems juicy and interesting.

Not hyped enough movie: “Strictly Ballroom.” The music! The costumes! The dancing! The weird ballroom men in tight costume montages!! I’ve probably seen this movie 100 times and it never disappoints.

Emily Kaiser:

This story about George Wright was really interesting. GQ calls him “America’s most elusive fugitive” as he ran for 40 years. And these photos of people living off the grid are fascinating.

Stephanie Curtis, social media editor