1. Leftist historian Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States and a favorite of celebrities like Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, and Bruce Springsteen, has died at 87. [via NPR]
2. Charlize Theron and David Fincher are collaborating on a new drama series for HBO called Mind Hunter that will revolve around the investigation of serial killers. [via Variety]
3. To celebrate the remastered release of his classic 1975 album Metal Machine Music, Lou Reed is embarking on a 9-city tour that will feature no songs and no vocals. [via TwentyFourBit]
4. Franz Nicolay explains why he quit The Hold Steady — it’s because he was “a fox in a hedgehog band.” [via Paste Magazine]
5. Jeff Daniels will return to God of Carnage in March— but this time in the role first played by James Gandolfini. Lucy Liu joins the cast as well. [via ArtsBeat]
Bonus link: Hit Singles from the 1990’s in Passive Voice.