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Welcome to another installment of Rise and Grind, City Guide's aggregate of essential Internet reading. I'm your guide, Julian, and I had entirely too much fun putting this together. Hopefully, you'll enjoy reading it just as much. As always, feel free to send your tips, photos, news developments, love letters, and hate mail to

Jesse Jackson, Jr.'s Been Keeping Busy in Prison

Currently incarcerated for 30 months for doing all the wrong things with campaign funds, the disgraced former Illinois congressman has been making good use of the idle time, already penning two books. Keep and eye out for The Tao of Jesus Christ and the fittingly-titled The Last Campaign: A Memoir. [via Daily Intelligencer]

Van Wilder IRL

Van Wilder, the story of the coolest super senior ever, was inspired by Bert Kreischer. Kreishcer, now, 41, got a call from Rolling Stone during his sixth year at Florida State University during the late 1990s, and the rest is history. The comedian's book, Life of the Party: Stories of a Perpetual Man-Child, will be released next week, and he made a few key revelations. First, he's never seen the film. Second, Oliver Stone hates him. [via New York Post]

Jezebel's Hot Personality List

Jezebel released its first (and possibly last) Hot 100 Personality List in response to Maxim's Hot 100 list. Desus, one half of the greatest show since Martin, made it thanks to his Twitter wizardry. He joins the likes of True Detective's Rust Cohle (1995 and 2012), Seth Rogen, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and NPH as guys the Jezebel staff appreciates for the right reasons. [via Jezebel]

We Need More Heroes

You know what would make literature better? A more diverse pool of heroes. Believe it or not, you don't have to be white or male to be considered a hero, an argument the Atlantic expounded upon. With that said, I'm irrationally excited to see X-Men: Days of Future Past this weekend. [via The Atlantic]


This 120-foot strike represents what ultimate success at life feels like. [via Sploid

Happy Birthday

Biggie would've been 42 today. Remember the legend with one of the greatest party songs ever made. 

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