Did you read about David Mamet, cheese-loving ex-Groupon copywriters, and up-and-coming Chicago comedians?

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David Mamet: who knows what hes talking about?
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  • David Mamet: who knows what he's talking about?
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Hey, did you read:

• That Obama's presidency may be more transformative than it seems? (" Perhaps this is what the New Deal felt like . . . liberals were constantly frustrated with [Franklin] Roosevelt in precisely the same ways today’s liberals wish more from Obama.") Steve Bogira

• About why the mother of one of the Newtown victims insisted her son have an open coffin? Mara Shalhoup

• About the 68-page list of words not allowed on Washington, D.C., vanity license plates? —John Dunlevy

David Mamet on gun control, Marxism, and—well, it's kind of hard to tell? Tony Adler

• C.J. Toledano's post on the Steamroller about the ten best up-and-coming comedians in Chicago? Drew Hunt

• What happened when two guys married a tree and a museum got in on the act? Deanna Isaacs

• That laid-off Groupon copywriters are apparently now targeting the dairy case? Kate Schmidt

• NBA rookie Royce White's unusual and interesting take on mental illness? Tal Rosenberg

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