|Tonight on TDS, Michael Lewis, Author of Home Game; and on TCR, Eric Schlosser, Journalist, commentator, Food, Inc.|
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|There are a whole bunch of Michael Lewis-es out there. Google News is cluttered with stuff about this one football guy, and there's a medical researcher (talking about babies blushing), Rhode Island's Director of the Department of Transportation, and ooh! a guy who escaped from jail (he got caught, but his co-escapee is still out there somewhere). And a few others withinteresting stories.
But tonight's Michael Lewis is the one who was on Colbert not long ago, talking about the money industry. Maybe we'll get some of that tonight, but I doubt it. He's here to sell his just-in-time-for-Father's Day release, "Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood." Here's Kirkus (via B&N):
Those Slate articles are here, and there's book excerpts floating around. And there are reviews, some more unpleasant than others. This excerpt from the NPR intro might give you an idea of the shape of things:
The NYTimes review is titled "Reluctant Dad Fesses Up to Becoming Smitten Softy:"
That was one of the more thoughtful reviews -- many of them were either of the "sexist elitist crap!" or "woohoo sexism! And elitism too, while we're at it!" sort. Can't tell without having read the book, but I'm choosing to believe that the guy is observing and describing his ingrained sexist impulses without necessarily approving of them. Can't change anything if you don't let yourself admit it's there in the first place. Plus, when you turn your life into words on a page, sometimes you exaggerate for comic effect.
Well, I'm betting on cute, amusing anecdotes tonight. Or maybe not so much cute -- there's the story about his foul-mouthed three-year-old daughter, who scared away some bullies bothering her older sister in a hotel swimming pool by telling them she'd peed in the water -- does that count as 'cute?'
|Y'know what, Colbert Nation web site search people? When I type, say, "Michael Pollan" into your search engine, I'm not looking for this:
Especially when I have to "more" in order to find the actual term I searched for. Just saying.
That's from the DVD description (pre-order for September release), but the companion book is already out (I saw it in Target last week. That bar-coded cow just jumps out at you). There are a handful of reviews at RottenTomatoes, but the movie doesn't officially open until next week. And there's a whole lot of stuff worth readingonline. Probably more, but I have to go wash the sand out of my locally-grown spinach just now. It'll never become a breakfast omelet if I leave that part for the morning.