Of the pieces I read passing time on the internet, I really found the following all interesting, if not all great:
The Art of Failure - Malcom Gladwell - Really insightful piece on the subtle difference between panicking and choking.
Eternal Vigilance - Keith Gessen - Pure Orwell, pure wonder.
The Fuehrer obsession with Art - interview - On Hitler's tryst with artistic genius.
This is your brain on Kafka - A rather absurd promotion of absurdist literature.
Autism as an Academic Paradigm - Insightful towards the middle and end.
Good Books Don't Have To Be Hard - Lev Grossman - Right. Hard books may, may not be good; light books may, may not be good.
Blood, Sweat and Words - Joseph Epstein - Wonderfully written piece, and astutely articulated arguments.
The Capitalist Manifesto: Greed is Good - Fareed Zakaria - This guy's a stud as far as writings on economics for normal people go.
Think Again : Asia's Rise - Minxin Pei - H'm, points to ponder over.
The Age of Commodified Intelligence - George Balgobin - Interesting stuff on the need of people to appear something, rather than become.
A.C.Grayling's Review of "'The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life Paul Dirac', by Graham Farmelo" - Awesome awesome awesome.
All titles mentioned have been presented as links to the pieces.