The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories


1. One-time recluse Jeff Mangum stopped by Wall Street last night to play a surprise, eight-song acoustic set for the protestors camped out there. Watch a video of his performance here.

2. According to bookies in the UK, Bob Dylan is now the frontrunner to receive this year’s Nobel prize for literature, with 5/1 odds. The pool of contenders also includes less wild card options, like Syrian poet Adonis (6/1), Haruki Murakami (8/1), Tomas Transtromer (10/1), and Thomas Pynchon (20/1). [via Guardian]

3. The Coen Brothers are working with Cedar Rapids writer Phil Johnston on a new TV comedy for Fox. The hour-long show, which they’ll executive produce, will be about “a bad-tempered private eye in Hollywood.” Could be promising? [via The Playlist]

4. Thanks to her burgeoning film career, a rumor is circulating that this could be Kristen Wiig’s final season on Saturday Night Live. While we love Wiig, we actually think that her departure could be just the shakeup that the show needs to get out its current rut. [via Showbiz 411]

5. Super hilarious New Yorker regular David Rakoff has won this year’s Thurber Prize for American Humor. If you haven’t read Half Empty, his most recent book of essays, pick up a copy stat. [via The Awl]

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