The Apostate - In last week's New Yorker, Lawrence Wright profiles of Paul Haggis, (who wrote Million Dollar Baby and directed Crash), how he became a Scientologist, and how the church's practices disgusted him to such an extent that he became one of the first high-profile entertainers to leave the fold. Its discussion of Scientology is fascinating, its description of the obstacles that the litigious cult (sect? I refuse to call it a religion) erects before any writer who tries to attempts to write anything other than the most ridiculous puff-piece is even more interesting. The article is 26 internet "pages" long, and every one of them is worth reading. We've always liked Lawrence Wright, but he's been so consistently excellent for so many years (his The Looming Tower is still the best book ever written about 9/11) that he has really become a national treasure.
The Stutterer - on Slate.com, Nathan Heller discusses stuttering, in light of the success of the now Oscar-winning film The King's Speech. Its the best general-audience article about stuttering we've ever read, and you should really read it, even if you don't have a close acquaintance who stutterers.
A writer named Kay S. Hymowitz has written a book entitled Manning Up, about how female empowerment has resulted in a generation of men who only want to play Madden and go to Vegas with their bandmates, points she made in her promotional Wall Street Journal op-ed piece, "Where Have All the Good Men Gone?" You know, the good men - the ones who work hard, get high-paying jobs shortly after leaving school, begin a long-term relationship with a woman, get married, and buy houses by the time they turn 30. Or something. As you might imagine, it has already generated reaction pieces from such thoughtful commentators as the guys "Askmen.com"
Once again, the AV Club live-blogged the Oscars, and, once again, it was hilarious.
If you do follow Rob Delaney on Twitter, it is time to start.