Here's what we've been reading and watching this week:
Chris Jones' profile of Roger Ebert in this month's Esquire Magazine is one of the best articles I've read this year. The Inspector and I grew up watching Siskel & Ebert and have read Ebert's reviews online for as long as we've had access to the internet. Ebert's reviews influenced my writing directly and, just as significantly, they influeced the critics like Nathan Rabin and Scott Tobias, whose writing got me interested in writing about popular culture in the first place. A total must-read.
Locker Room Nerds - The Wall Street Journal's article about how foreign-born players are making NBA locker rooms more literate. I may be reading too much into this, but it can't be a coincidence that this generation of NBA players is so likeable in addition to being so literate. Derrick Coleman, Glenn Robinson and Stephon Marbury didn't read that many books. I'm just saying.
Your Life, Via The Onion - The AV Club discusses the Onion articles that most remind them of their own lives. One of the best Q&A's in recent months.
Michael Sokolove's profile of Shani Davis from the New York Times Magazine is the best thing written about the winter Olympics so far.
We've been listening to Is This It a lot this week, and Jake chipped in like a champ by finding this great demo version of "Barely Legal."
And finally, just because its awesome:
Neko Case, live at the Beacon Theater, New York City, 11/16/09