1) We love the Onion A.V. Club's head writer Nathan Rabin, whose tumultuous childhood, University of Wisconsin education and stint as a clerk at Four-Star Video Haven all contributed to his becoming one of the most beloved critics since Roger Ebert. His upcoming memoir The Big Rewind promises to be awesome, and essential reading for bookworm hipster douchebags like all of us here at CSD HQ.
2) Bill Simmons' The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to the Sports Guy
ESPN's Bill Simmons is best known for being funny, but he's the most influential writer about the NBA because of his near-encyclopedic knowledge of basketball history and his willingness to bluntly criticize the NBA's poor officiating, the overly-scripted way in which it handles its superstars, its willingness to indulge its players's worst character traits, its mediocre coaching and general managing, and the convenient way in which marketable players and/or large-market franchises all-too-frequently get favorable treatment. We here at CSD headquarters are a little bit worried that, since the book weighs in at 720 pages, Simmons' editors may not have kept his infamous loquaciousness in check as much as they might have, but that won't keep us from reading it anyway.
3) Year One
Jack Black and Michael Cera star in a movie directed by Harold Ramis. Supporting performances from David Cross, Olivia Wilde, Oliver Platt, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Hank Azaria, Paul Rudd, Harold Ramis. Produced by Judd Apatow.