“Around 20 kids have died in the UK the past nine years; nearly 70 have been left paralysed and wheelchair-bound for the rest of their lives, yet tombstoning is more popular every year. Why do they do it?” Aeon’s Guy Claxton tries to explain why adolescents take crazy risks and fall in crazy love: Get Your Kicks.

+ “Rice wasn’t berating anyone, and he definitely wasn’t abusing anyone. Yet if you’d been watching him that night, you might very well have thought, That guy is nuts.” NYT Magazine’s Jonathan Miller on Mike Rice, the coach who exploded.

+ Nicholas Carlson on the story behind why AOL CEO Tim Armstrong fired an employee in front of 1,000 coworkers. (I’m guessing it has something to do with him being the CEO of AOL): The Cost of Winning.

+ “A son kills a father and the question is why. In the case of 10-year-old Joseph Hall, the answer seemed simple: The boy had been raised around hate.” GQ’s Amy Wallace on the trial of a very dangerous boy.