Lay Clergy: The Democratic Vision of Mormonism (Alan Hurst, Peculiar People)-- I have to say that I have been really impressed by some of the early writing on this very new blog, but I should not be surprised. There are some experienced and brilliant hands at work here.
A Slow-Books Manifesto (Maura Kelly, The Atlantic)-- This is something I really need to work on. I read a lot, but I am afraid that too little of it makes much of a lasting impression on me (in the case of some books, I may be grateful for that).
Mitt Romney flashback: Stay-at-home moms need to learn "dignity of work" (Ezra Klein, WaPo)-- Surprising absolutely no one, it turns out that Mitt Romney's equalization of work with childrearing only holds for rich white women. If poor women want to stay home with the kids, that's not "work" enough for welfare benefits.
Ann Romney and the Mommy Wars (FMHLisa, Feminist Mormon Housewives)
End the mom war (Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon)
Don't trust corporate charity (Murtaza Hussain, Salon)
How the 'L.A. Noire' makers re-created the city of 1947 (Charlotte Stoudt, LA Times)-- Though this article was written early last year, I just ran across it through Roger Ebert's Twitter feed. I played L.A. Noire last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. I have some quibbles with the gameplay and certain aspects of the narrative, but the atmospherics and detail were amazing.