We promise, this is the last time you’ll see the phrase “Hurricane Irene” in today’s links.
Gaga in Drag? Did you miss last night’s MTV Video Music Awards? Never fear — our very own Claire Suddath breaks down the night’s performances. (TIME)
Booze Binge: Completely obvious: College kids love to binge drink. Less obvious: The phenomenon may have started in the Ivy League. (Salon)
Internet Art: One artist takes the plain text of Missed Connections on Craigslist, and turns them into romantic, tragic works of art. (Flavorwire)
Major Tom: Want to depress your kid? Read them this children’s book, adapted from David Bowie’s song “Space Oddity.” (BuzzFeed)
Clothes Make the Man: From Michael Jackson’s sparkly glove to Steve Jobs’ black turtleneck, take a look at iconic attire through history. (LIFE)
Great Heights: Thrill seekers everywhere, take note: You can take a ride on the largest — and tallest — swing in the world, located in New Zealand. (The Daily What)