What we read while forgetting to vote:
- We would enjoy Jane Austen if she had written more about “foot-ball” or if Doonesbury were more appropriately referred to as the “Fiefdom of Metonymy.” And we also wonder what issues arise for a male author with the unfortunate last name of Paglia these days.
- We’ve made a little habit of writing defenses of things that were pretty popular to begin with (the designated hitter, grammar, Brüno, and of course, Barenaked Ladies, just to name a few). That’s why we’re a little upset two things we would defend on our site were covered by other ones. First, Slate explains why jaywalking gets a bad rap; second, Dissent Magazine gives its defense (from last summer) of the more or less irreproachable television series, The Wire. No dissent from us on that one.
- Our alternate video of the week is one sure to please both Yankee fans and haters alike.
- Now that Halloween’s over, it’s high time you start thinking about Christmas. Especially since these E-meters don’t last long.
- We’ve already linked to The Onion‘s absurdist lampooning of the Jaguars from Week 1 last year, but the Jags (and their fans) are the focus of another scathing analysis from The Onion this week. But don’t worry: Those boos could have (should have?) been louder.
- Sign you’ve lost credibility as a network: Sesame Street mocks you, and doesn’t even try to be subtle about it.