"For what seems an eternity (at least to those of us who would rather undergo a transorbital leukotomy with an ice pick than the protracted brain death of pregame hype), our cultural conversation is preempted by a live feed from the jock unconscious of Team America," writes Mark Dery in his new book I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts: Drive-by Essays on American Dread, American Dreams. "The chattering class act as if we're one big happy congregation gathered in solemn veneration of the Gipper's jockstrap." Remarks like this are only one reason why I'm a fan of Dery's essays. Readers of this blog will remember Dery as the author of a startling account of Jerusalem crickets that ran here a while back.
Anyway, for those who are interested in the Super Bowl, rest assured that the animal attack situation in Indianapolis is well in hand:
"INDIANAPOLIS -- Animal control officers combed Indianapolis streets for dangerous dogs ahead of Super Bowl week to prevent bites, attacks and traffic crashes during the festivities. Indianapolis Animal Care and Control workers said public safety is their first priority and they’re targeting neighborhoods surrounding Lucas Oil Stadium."