Premiere-week hell continues over at TWoP, but we've got a boatload of new content going up, including my latest Brothers & Sisters Classic; a weecap of the Chuck pilot, which I really liked a lot (the weecap, and the pilot itself); and Mr. Stupidhead's March To The Sea (he's aiming to recap all of Dexter S1 before S2 starts on Sunday — two to go, dude! You can do eeeeeet!).
Other stuff to watch, do, and/or read:
The SI article about Mike Coolbaugh. Some of the martyrdom language surrounding this guy's demise — which is, no question, horrible and a senseless waste — is perhaps a little much. The story is enough on its own; the tragedy doesn't beg goosing with cinematic coincidences. But it's a well-written piece, and valuable as a snapshot of what it's like for guys who get a cup of coffee in the majors, but not much more. And the perspective of the guy who hit the foul ball that killed Coolbaugh is elegantly done too.
Also on SI.com, postseason handicapping.
Sin City Law, on Sundance Channel. Is anyone else watching this? That two-parter about the Maestas kids was amazing, I thought. I had to mark off for showing the public defender going to church, like, three times; it really wasn't necessary and the time could have been used on more interesting footage, I thought. Still, it's a fascinating show.
Radar's "Overrated 100." I don't know why Radar keeps coming to my house — I didn't renew my subscription, because…I don't know. Historically, while it didn't suck, it wasn't that great, either; it didn't seem to have a point of view, and the writing often felt airless and undirected. Plus, I figured it would fold again in six months anyway. But the "Overrated 100" in the latest ish: really really good! The writing is tight and bitchy, the continuity of tone is good, I agree with most of the conclusions, and see their points even when I don't…maybe the mag has the tools this time out. A huge improvement. It's lame that you can't read all the entries on their site, though, especially the one for ballet flats. Hee.
A.M. Homes's The Mistress's Daughter. I wanted to stay on the train 'til Queens, the book is so good. I started it this morning and will probably finish it tonight, new TV be damned.
Contest page coming up, probably tonight.
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