From the archives of Luc Sante.
Some very good Valley of the Dolls coverage here and elsewhere. I read the novel a few years ago: I don't think it's going to catch on with a modern audience, it's too negatively embedded in the judgments of its day, but it is an interesting phenomenon.
Why you can't trust GPS in China.
Cake maze! (Via Jane.)
Tater Tot hotdish and the pleasures of the humble crab stick.