(Editor's note: This is the place where we get to recommend things that we like. Hopefully it will be a regular feature. The idea was 100% ripped off from McSweeney's. But they should be happy - imitation and flattery and all that.)
Christmas and Birthday lists_Some may think them presumptuous and materialistic, but lists really can make life easier for the unimaginative gift giver. The more specific the better. In fact, if you can email the list with attached hyperlinks to Amazon, that would be best. Make sure to offer a range of prices, but don’t be afraid to throw some big-ticket items on there. You never can tell. Somebody we know got a horse.
Riding the bus_Forty minutes to read your book or listen to your podcast. Often you have to stand up. Sometimes the bus drivers are terse but sometimes they call you “luv.”
Infamous_The other movie about Truman Capote. We were surprised by the humor and the humanity. Also, we haven’t liked Sandra Bullock this much since While You Were Sleeping.
Frying Ramen_Can the delicious twenty-cent meal be improved upon? We submit that it can with a pat of butter, one egg, freshly grated Parmesan and a frying pan. Mmmm.
Toning it down_Sometimes you just gotta take a step back and say, “Whoa, I should just tone it the heck down.” Not a bad idea.