Tuesday Miscellany

Toni Morrison endorses Barack Obama.

Where NYC Writers Like to Drink

Libby Fischer Hellmann on the intersection of real-estate investment and  writing novels about white-collar crime:

When it’s done right, real estate development is every bit as creative as writing a novel…you’re creating something worthwhile where nothing existed before. At the same time the possibilities to cut corners are legion. Maybe it’s slipping in sub-standard materials to save time and money. Maybe it’s greasing a palm for an official approval or environmental “clean bill of health.” Maybe it’s making sure the construction crews are available when you need them, or maybe it’s just out and out soaking investors without any return.