What we read while wondering why they even bother with the Grammys…
- In the mood for a little Brett Favre schadenfreude? I thought so. Listen to the despair, and eventually anger, in Paul Allen’s voice as he calls the interception. That, however, is still not as good as Allen’s call of this play from 2003.
- Josh and John S ranked John Mulaney as our favorite comedian from this past summer. Apparently, we’re not the only ones who liked him: he recently won the Nightlife Awards’ Outstanding Comedian Award for the third year in a row. Speaking of comedians Josh and John S like, Larry David is to receive the Writers Guild of America’s 2010 Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television, despite (or because of?) the intentional lack of writing in Curb Your Enthusiasm.
- Somewhat surprisingly, John S and Tim aren’t the only ones to eulogize J.D. Salinger this week. Among our favorites working their way around the interwebs is Garth Risk Hallberg’s take over at The Millions. Ron Rosenbaum’s piece on Salinger last June on Slate helped motivate Tim to consider the unearthing of a vast archive of unpublished material in the author’s New Hampshire home one of his things to look forward to in the Teens.
- The Winter Olympics are coming up. Or, as Will Leitch called them, the reality TV of sports. Some people, usually not sports fans, think the Olympics are better than real sports. They would be wrong.
- Speaking of the White House, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg explains why she dozed off at the State of the Union and what Justice Scalia said to her after Bush v. Gore among other interesting tidbits in her conversation with Nina Totenberg at the 92nd Street Y.
- Our favorite in a consistently hilarious series on McSweeney‘s is last month’s “Open Letter to the Inanimate Objects in My Apartment That Just Sat There While I Was Heartbroken.“