As the weekend approaches, we're getting ready to kick back and enjoy some down time. A great time to catch up on some reading. With all the crap being thrown at you, it may be hard to separate the wheat from the chaff. Say no more, fam. We got you. Here's a selection of good reads for you to enjoy this weekend.

Check out:

- This Shia Leboeuf interview about his approach to acting, multiple public breakdowns and his Kanye West story. "Shia LaBeouf is nervous about this story—“I have so much fear about this thing,” he confesses to me when we first meet—and it drives him to do what he’s always done when faced with something he cannot fully control: Prepare. Obsessively."

- Zips. Toggles. Pumps. The End of Shoelaces? Courtesy of Fantastic Man, Business of Fashion examines how technology is speeding up design innovation in the sneaker market, setting the stage for a future world without shoelaces.

- That one time gun control happened after a mass shooting. "In 1993, an unhinged man shot eight people to death and injured six more before killing himself in a San Francisco skyscraper. What happened next is hard to imagine 25 years later."

- Not a lot of words here, but quality material nonetheless: an endless supply of LIFE archive images. Money.

- New Balance landed a $17.3 million deal to produce footwear for the US Military. A contract to provide New Balance athletic shoes for military personnel entering basic training is expected to help 1,000 Maine workers stay busy.

- This TIME story on the death of the last white rhino male, Sudan. Elderly for his species, the 45-year-old Sudan lived a long and generally good life that would be almost unthinkable in the wild. His death was not unexpected, yet it has resonated around the world. As the planet’s last male northern white rhinoceros, Sudan found stardom as the so-called “last man standing.” Some affectionately called him “the most eligible bachelor in the world.”

- Flashback Friday: IF YOU ONLY READ ONE THING THIS YEAR, MAKE SURE IT IS ZOLA STORY. EVEN IF YOU'VE READ IT BEFORE. REVISIT IT. TRUST US. IT'S JUST THAT GOOD. James Franco was going to direct the movie adaptation, but Vulture reports that may not be happening.

Enjoy, catch you next week!