July 15, 2011
• Joe Mauer and his girlfriend received the paparazzi treatment in Duluth, of all places.
• Justin Timberlake got my vote for All-Star game MVP after trolling Joe Buck on the air.
• And runner-up on my MVP ballot was Kate Upton for her performance in the celebrity game.
• I've never hung out in Miami with Minka Kelly (yet!), but did see enough of the All-Star game to say Derek Jeter made the correct choice.
• I'm not usually big on collecting bobblehead dolls, but the set of all 25 players from the 1991 championship team being offered by the Twins next week looks pretty great. Hint. Hint. Hint.
• Take away the beard and Zach Galifianakis is just a nerdy looking high school kid. Literally.
• Mila Kunis is on the cover of the latest GQ magazine and not only does the Official Fantasy Girl of AG.com look spectacular enough to make iced coffee an effective photo shoot prop, the first word she utters in the accompanying interview is "oy." She may hold the title for a while.
• Meanwhile, not everyone is as comfortable speaking Yiddish.
• As great as the Kunis cover is, it might not even be the best photo shoot in this month's GQ.
• I'm glad to see Stringer Bell and Omar Little could settle their differences in the afterlife.
• Best opening paragraph of the year? "A Russian man who tried to rob a hair salon ended up as the victim when the female shop owner overpowered him, tied him up naked and then used him as a sex slave for three days." On a related note, robberies are up 500 percent in Russia.
• Let's hope Bryce Harper's plate discipline proves better than his tattoo discipline.
• For those of us with clear eyes and full hearts Robert Mays' oral history of Friday Night Lights on Grantland is pretty spectacular.
• Also spectacular? This collection of every "y'all" from Connie Britton:
Definitely one of the best moms in television history.
• And just like that, another blogger was born.
• Slideshows usually annoy me, but I'll make an exception for Aubrey Plaza.
Gallop is one of the small handful of critics who are keeping close reading alive. With this volume, she illuminates the stakes in paying such careful and loving attention to the words by which writers are turned, and turn themselves, into authors: stakes made visible on the relational field joining reader and author in an intimate bond that’s desirous, companionate, aggressive, indecent, sustaining, disturbing, unstable, and, when elaborated by a critic and thinker as gifted and incisive as Jane Gallop, also endlessly productive.
She's also a great aunt and has been incredibly supportive of my writing career, so order it.
• It's official: America's Next Great Restaurant is the most misleading title in television history.
• Thanks to the internet I didn't have to watch the ESPYs to know Serena Williams was there.
• This could be an interesting way for mainstream media sites to make their comment sections less mind-meltingly awful, if only since it removes the ever-dangerous anonymity from the mix.
• Zach Lowe of SI.com wrote a nice piece on why David Kahn's ongoing push for an up-tempo offense is, like many things he says and does, sort of silly.
• My idol Tom Scharpling took a break from steamrolling chumps to be interviewed by AV Club.
• ESPN3.com is showing live coverage of the World Series of Poker main event all weekend.
• Matt Kemp and I live basically the same life.
• One of the upcoming sponsors of the week had to delay their date, so if anyone is interested in stepping in to sponsor the week of July 25-31 click here for details and let me know.