Considering the widely-reported news of Albert, Texas on sale for about $880,000 and the fact that the subject of urban planning occasionally lurks on this site, there's probably no better time to listen to The New Yorker's podcast of the late Donald Barthelme's 1974 short story "I Bought a Little City."
(Update: Guess I wasn't the only one thinking of Barthelme. Time's Lev Grossman has a piece on the man he dubs "America's weirdest literary genius.")
- John C.L. Morgan