Monday, September 30, 2002

In "An Important Note from Neal Pollack", Neal Pollack wrote that "Neal Pollack is an icon: proposed running mate of Ralph Nader, husband of Nicole Kidman, role model for Rwandan boys. He is worshipped by the masses with such fervor that the city of Denver had to ban his book readings for fear of rioting. He has in excess of 500 lovers. Heralded, by himself, as the greatest living writer--this is Neal Pollack, the larger-than-life, egomaniacal, mythic hero of The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature. "

Read a review of The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature here. Read an interview with Neal Pollack here, and a profile of Neal Pollack here.

Neal Pollack has also started a blog where he makes fun of things like Christopher Hitchens leaving The Nation, and the French.

Thursday, September 26, 2002

John B. Judis and Ruy Teixeira wrote the New Republic article "Majority Rules", that I linked to a few weeks ago. The article discusses why they see a Democratic majority forming in the U.S. They have now written a book on the same subject called The Emerging Democratic Majority. Here's a review of the book from the blog Talking Points Memo.

Wednesday, September 25, 2002

In this column, Keith Olberman explains why he isn't surprised by fans attacking baseball players or that some baseball players smoke marijuana. However, he does wonder why no one has noticed that the New York Yankees are negotiating with the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants to bring Japan's best power hitter to the U.S.

Tuesday, September 24, 2002

Here's a New York Times article about journalists who have weblogs. They mention Altercation, Eric Alterman's blog on, and tell the story of Steve Olafson, who was fired from his job at the Houston Chronicle because of what he had written in his blog.

Monday, September 23, 2002

The success of the Harry Potter series has made it easier for authors like Michael Chabon and Neil Gaiman to write children's literature. This article from discusses their new books and other recent children's books.

Thursday, September 19, 2002

The Detroit Lions finished the 2001 season with a 9-7 record. In 2001 they only won 2 games. As the Lions prepare to play the Green Bay Packers at their new stadium, Ford Field, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Bob McGinn says the Lions are a franchise with no direction.

Wednesday, September 11, 2002

Did you know that the Earth has more than one moon? As this BBC article explains, Earth's second moon was discovered in 1986 and is named Cruithne. Recently an amateur astronomer discovered another object orbiting the Earth, which has been designated J002E2. Scientists aren't sure if it is a captured asteroid or a piece of space junk.

Monday, September 09, 2002

In his latest Tuesday Morning Quarterback column, Gregg Easterbrook explains why "Almost all sports predictions are wrong?" He's very convincing, which makes me wonder whether I should be happy that ESPN's Chris Mortensen is predicting that the Green Bay Packers will win the Super Bowl.

Sunday, September 01, 2002

I found Neil Stephenson's web page. He wants everyone to stop bothering him so he can finish his next novel. According to, that novel will be called Quicksilver, will be 926 pages long, and will be released in March, 2003.