• The exile coalition for the Syrian rebels picked a U.S. citizen (a Texan no less) to be the prime minister of an interim government, which aspires to be an alternative to Syrian dictator Bashar Assad. Also, Syrian warplanes bombed Lebanon for the first time. [NYT]

• Adam Gopnik looks at Philip Roth’s career on the occasion of his 80th birthday. [TNY]

• Aaron David Miller writes the blueprint for a successful meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Presdient Barack Obama, who are due to meet later this week. [WaPo]

• The inspiration for Bernard Malamud’s book The Natural, Ruth Ann Steinhagen, died at age 83. [NPR]

• Ten fingernails, ten plagues. I think you know where this is headed. [Jewcy]