...H.G. "Buzz" Bissinger in this week's Sports Illustrated revisits Odesssa, Texas, and a few of the now middle-aged men he wrote about 25 years ago in "Friday Night Lights." In examining how they adjusted to life after high school football stardom, Bissinger adds to the classic book's legacy.
...Again watching "Father of the Bride," this time on TCM Thursday night, I considered the varied facets of Diane Keaton's wonderful career. From the earnest Kay in the "Godfather" movies to the winsome/goofy "Annie Hall" to the wise mom of "Father of the Bride," she's defined American femininity. With the powerful actors with whom she's co-starred - Al Pacino, Woody Allen, Jack Nicholson and Steve Martin, she holds something in reserve while they push their roles, but her performances are equally if not more memorable.
....I find many Salon articles overwrought and tedious, but political writer Joan Walsh displays the insight and writing ability of old-time columnists like Mary McGrory. With a liberal viewpoint, Walsh shows the wit and grit to take on conservative craziness.