Killings brings you our weekly selection of posts that have amused, enlightened and generally distracted us.

Is it a bird or a plane? An email or a fax? No, it’s a memo – from David Mamet to writers everywhere.

Also potentially of Pinterest for writers and publishers, this discussion from Publishers Weekly (pun-fun apologies, friends!).

Seems it is the week to expose outrageous magazine cover art, be it a local drop-trou drawing or The New Yorker’s more risqué, rejected covers.

While counting down the clock toward the end of the working week, why not countdown the ten best first lines in fiction or some horribly amusing horrible statements.

Speaking of horribly amusing: Chuck Klosterman describes a distasteful doubleheader, attending individual performances by the worlds’ most hated bands, Nickelback and Creed, in a single evening.

Want to stretch your legs and go for one more walk-and-talk around the office with the old West Wing crew? We can’t say yes fast enough.

How about some fun and games –  or gaming fun – before weekend:

When literature and gaming collide – this could be the most interestingly boring or boringly interesting video game ever.

This article further discusses the are-video-games-art debate and includes an awesome clip, ‘Go Right’.

And finally, let us help make your dreams come true with this perfect pop culture game. Oh, you’re welcome.