Reading While Eating for November 3: Staring at the Sun

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An Afghan policeman poses while wearing a mask at an outpost near the town of Kunjak in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province,

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Your midweek links get high, reminisce and feel guilty.

Close Quarters: Get ready to feel guilty: Chinese workers who make your iPhones and TV sets live eight to a room in a gigantic dormitory. (Gizmodo)

Collegiate Cash: Speaking of dorms, it’s not just tuition that’s going to cost you at the 9 schools with the most expensive room and board. (Huffington Post via Jezebel)

Stoner Cinema: Proposition 19, which would have legalized marijuana in California, failed at the polls. But that doesn’t mean you can’t watch the 30 best drug scenes on film. (IFC)

So Intense: Johannesburg residents got to see a rainbow wrapped around the sun yesterday. It’s called a “sundog,” and it’s formed by ice crystals. (LIFE)

Eco-Decor: A sneaky, decorative way to go green — this umbrella stand uses leftover water to grow plants. (

Elsewhere on The midterm elections are finally over. Take a look back at the 25 craziest moments from the campaign trail.

Listen to This: Amy Winehouse is back! She sings a cover of “It’s My Party” by Lesley Gore, and we’ll cry out of happiness if we want to. We smell a comeback. (Vulture)

Must-See: Sadly, Jimmy McMillan of the Rent is Too Damn High party lost in the race for New York governor. But he did make a sweet music video, so that’s a consolation. (via Gothamist)