Interesting profile of a wacked-out creative genius. Assumes the reader's familiarity with the PBF comic (which is unfortunate, but easy to rectify).—JS
Driving school was a bore, but stunt driving school sounds awesome. Could this be a trend? Stunt DMV lines? Stunt dentistry? Stunt stories about your wife's work?—JS
A profile of comedian Aziz Ansari. I enjoyed his brief stint on Scrubs, and I'm getting the feeling he might emerge as the best thing on the upcoming Parks and Recreation.—BK
I first came across this December 1981 Sports Illustrated profile of Andre the Giant ten years ago or so, and I've read it at least once a year since then. It's one of the more interesting things you'll ever read, and it'll keep you in poop reading for about a week. Enjoy!—JM
Simon Callow (the actor, I can only assume) on a new Charlie Chaplin biography by Simon Louvish.—JM
Oh, the Forest Face. Songs will be written about the glory of the Forest Face, and passed down from generation to generation.—BK
Is "meh" a slogan, or more of a corporate statement of purpose?
A sports team with stupid uniforms finally suffers real consequences; plus, trifling thoughts on "American Idol" and "Dollhouse."
Adams is always good with the helpful tips and tricks.—JS
It's great to see that my gay crush on RDJ can be equaled – but not exceeded – by that of Kidd, an actual gay man.—JS
An interview with philosopher Alva NoŽ about the nature of human consciousness. I don't know about you, but I dig this sort of thing.—JM
Jim Caple takes a look at what the failures of newspapers, and the corresponding loss of baseball beat writers, means for the fan.—JM
A meaty profile of San Diego State pitcher Stephen Strasburg, who has clocked 103 mph on the radar gun and might someday throw the fastest pitch ever.—JM
Why you should be thankful you never got the chance to buy a ticket for Spaceman From Pluto, Take It Like a Man, or Anhedonia.—BK
A pitch-perfect network notes satire that, given the subject matter, features just the right amount of comic restraint.—BK
I think the author is being a little too hard on Con Air (especially compared to Cage's recent offerings), but the rest is spot-on. It feels like that guy I loved so much in Raising Arizona doesn't even exist anymore.—BK
An interesting point wrapped in a shrill and well-worn package. (With a thorough misunderstanding of Back to the Future as a bonus!)—JS
There's a tongue-in-cheek tone to this, but its message is sincere and very worthwhile.—JS
A.V. Club embraces its own onrushing irrelevance. "Aren't as bad as you think," maybe – but "among the series' best?" Not this jumble of non-actor cameos and lame film/TV spoofs, no way.—JS
Why that particular benchmark has always been an unreliable indicator for presidential success.—BK
This ESPN "Outside the Lines" piece, which digs a little deeper into the peculiar story of a 73-year-old college basketball player, ought to keep you busy for quite a while.—JM
I didn't get to see I Love You, Man this weekend; I had to settle for reading this review. Also, more people apparently decided that they'd rather see Knowing. Which I'm sure is fine, but... come on.—JM
The Sports Guy takes a shot at using sports-style statistical analysis to answer the question: Who is the greatest living actor? (Hat tip, Chris C.)—BK
Self-diagnosis in 25 easy steps. Remember, doctors say early detection is the key.
No, we're not being paid from the I Love You, Man promotional budget. Just thought I ought to make that clear.—JS
Maybe not among their all-time best, but I've always had a fondness for this sketch (and we've got a lot of years to fill, here; no use wasting all the primo links up front).—JS
A "kiddie foodie movement?" This can't possibly be a thing, can it?—JM
I've got a VHS copy of Dirty Work, and I personally got it signed by both Norm Macdonald and Artie Lange. I figured I'd mention that now, since opportunities to mention it don't come up all that often.—JM
A guy who knows from the wrath of Jon Stewart weighs in. Unsurprisingly, Tucker Carlson has some critical things to say about "The Daily Show" host, some of which need to be said. Still, it'll always be fun to watch Jon Stewart yell at people.—JM
Two ways to look at this: in a gloomy economy, all sorts of innovative ideas take root; or, my God, living in Detroit is about to get even worse.—JS
In which you find out who I pick to win it all. And I know the suspense has been killing you.
As always with these kind of things, you might quibble with the choices, but you can't dispute the greatness of the idea. And man, is that Sports Region tough.—BK
The Catch-22 of all celebrity is that we want to feel like we know these people, but the reality of the circumstances makes that inherently impossible. And the Catch-22 of this profile is that it makes you feel like you know Ben Affleck.—BK
Exploring the concept of baseball stadiums as architecture via a look at the new Yankee Stadium and Citi Field.—BK
This'll get us to the Sweet Sixteen; tomorrow I'll take us the rest of the way.
A quick interview about Friday's I Love You, Man – oh, who am I kidding? This is linked because it mentions Paul Rudd's penis.—JS
Conan's hornymanatee.com and the many sites from How I Met Your Mother (the "William Faulkner of sitcoms!").—JS
A guide to laying out your thoughts like the late genius of the run-on sentence.—JS
As usual, you have to ignore Stein's annoying penchant for inserting himself into the story, but you'll be rewarded with some nice Rudd details (he went to college with Joe Buck and Jon Hamm?!).—BK
I haven't seen Watchmen, so I can't comment. As the parent of a two-year-old, however, I have seen The Incredibles roughly 9,000 times in the last six months, and I look forward to viewing #9,001.—JM
Whatever your political views – and mine are not Jon Stewart's – it's nice to see Jon Stewart just get in there and kick ass once in a while.—JM
Mark Steyn is definitely an alarmist, but he's an alarmist who entertains the heck out of me. Plus he always keeps things light, just how we like it here.—JM
Levels of sexual innuendo not seen since the heyday of Minnesota Twins outfielder Randy Bush.
I didn't want to like Brand, the whole time he was winning me over in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Since then, despite his style and appearance, he's only grown on me.—JS
Barack Obama gave British PM Gordon Brown 25 movies on DVD (and they apparently weren't formatted for European DVD players). Thank God Bush isn't around anymore; he might have given Brown something stupid.—JM
The Netherlands eliminating the Dominican Republic from the World Baseball Classic? That's almost like... well... see, this is hard, because if it were any other impossibly massive upset, you'd say, "That's almost like if the Netherlands eliminated the Dominican Republic from the World Baseball Classic!"—JM
By all rights, the McRib should be on this list. Fellow PoopReading contributor Mike Wagner and I have a theory that the limited-release schedule of the McRib is controlled by the government, as a way of thinning out the U.S. population.—BK
Silver gets back to his roots with a look at how smarter management has fostered a financial revolution in baseball.—BK
The wonderful Lauren Graham talks about the wonderful Gilmore Girls and other stuff that's just alright.—BK
How writer/director Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton, Duplicity) works to find new ways to surprise jaded movie audiences.—BK
The awesomeness of the idea is diminished a little by the author's atrocious spelling.—BK
In all the Barbie hullabaloo, Ken continues to be ignored. (Probably for the best, considering he's dickless and his namesake is actually Barbie's brother.)—JS
Unsurprisingly, Silver found it more difficult to predict the votes of fickle, ill-informed Academy members compared to the fickle, ill-informed electorate as a whole.—JS
Joel Stein writes about the phenomenon of the Adam Carolla podcast. I keep telling you people. I keep telling you...—JM
Let's just say that mistakes were made.
To welcome my second daughter into the world I've got some parenting tips; and for no reason in particular I've got a slight bone to pick with the movie In Bruges.
Exporting our memory (phone numbers to our cell phone, addresses to Google, facts to Wikipedia) means dramatically increasing our storage space. More memory equals smarter.—JS
Friendster has been taken over by robots and Asians. I remember hearing the Brazilians took Orkut. Stories like these prevent me from ever embracing Facebook. (Also, it's utterly pointless.)—JS
It doesn't even matter who Phil is. Everybody should write this list and put it on the internet. But since I'm not going to, here's Phil's.—JM
Adam Carolla's podcast is apparently #1 on iTunes after less than two weeks. I told you people about him, did I not?—JM
A second look at the project that killed the Mike Myers comedy dynasty. Conclusion: it still stinks.—BK
How revenue concerns and bloated contracts have most NBA teams watching from the sidelines this season.—BK
New York City is experimenting with closing streets to reduce traffic jams, and if it works, it may be coming to a city near you.—BK
What does Guitar Hero's popularity mean for the future of rock and roll?—BK
A little kid's question at the Baseball Hall of Fame prompts a father to conclude that the job of the Hall of Fame voter is not the same as the job of a dad.
The original article sounds interesting, but this recap/extension hits the high points succinctly.—JS
How iconic pieces of film history end up as expensive collector's items.—BK
Those French people think they're so hot, but you know what? They're not.—JM
I may be the only person who remembers this Saturday Night Live sketch from 1996, and that includes the people who wrote and performed it. Nevertheless, it deserves to be acknowledged as a classic.—JM
The terms "natural selection" and "survival of the fittest" have been cause for confusion among some people, apparently.—JM
Offering up an alternate universe where people "Bongo" their favorite TV shows and communicate with a LeapFrog.—BK