What we read while trying to remember who won the Nobel Peace Prize last year…
- Josh has written about Michael Pollan in the past. In the NY Times Magazine’s food issue, Pollan offers some “rules to eat by”, a preview of his forthcoming eating manual. He goes against type and suggests eating only heavily processed foods. Just kidding… Also in the food issue is a piece of the fascinating Calerie project.
- Putting aside our affection for superlatives, we’d prefer it if Esquire had named Kate Beckinsale just “Among the Sexier Women Alive” instead of going all-out. Nevertheless, she knows how to rise our lycans, if you know what we mean. (And no, we can’t believe that was the THIRD Underworld movie and there’s already a fourth in production, either.)
- Speaking of sexiest thises and thats, check out Deadspin/Jeff Pearlman’s humorous account of how Chiefs’ quarterback Elvis Grbac was accidentally named People‘s “Sexiest Athlete.” The last sentence of People entry was “His personality makes him attractive.” Unfortunately (and somewhat surprisingly), Tim did not spot a single Grbac jersey during his adventure at Arrowhead Stadium earlier last weekend.
- Speaking of Deadspin (we’re on a roll with the transitions), they detailed the seedy underground of NBA scorekeeping, where not everyone plays by the rules and the figures don’t always add up.
- In his review of Bored to Death, Tim mentioned how a bright yellow cover design (and a startling author’s name) led to the purchase of the funniest book he’s ever read. He did not mention that he often doodles possible cover designs for his hitherto unnamed and unwritten (and really unconceived) novel. Needless to say, he enjoyed this contest to re-design the cover of Vladimir Nabokov’s classic (and another very funny book indeed), Lolita.
- John S is obviously happy about the Yankees sweep of the Twins, but it’s good new for everyone (here meaning AL fans), since it means we no longer have to hear from TBS’ Chip Caray, who Joe Posnanski (and the rest of sane America) cannot stand. Speaking of the Yankees and American sports writers, Wright Thompson’s piece on the most expensive seats at the new Yankee Stadium is worth it for the pictures alone.
- And the final word on that Yanks-Twins series: This is the real reason Minnesota was so upset about Phil Cuzzi’s blown call down the left-field line. Who knows what Jason Kubel could have done with Mauer on second?