Reading While Eating for August 29: 100% Irene-Free

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Oscar Pistorius of South Africa comes out of the starting blocks during his men's 400-meter heat at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, August 28, 2011

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)