1. Everything was new because our love was new and each place seemed like it was more beautiful than the one before. North Dakota was beautiful because it was so flat and clean and because we had never seen anything like it before. And no one could doubt the beauty of Minnesota, the deep pine forests and glacial lakes. But none of this prepared us for Iowa. Nothing was as beautiful as Iowa.

    — A section from one of LJ’s 10 Best Books of 2012. Can you guess where it’s from?

  2. Could I destroy the entire Roman Empire during the reign of Augustus if I traveled back in time with a modern U.S. Marine infantry battalion or MEU?

    — Huh. Good question. Now it’s a movie. “How One Response to a Reddit Query Became a Big Budget Flick” (Wired)