In the same way that I'm not sure if I want more people to enjoy Buffy, I'm not sure if I want academia to begin the tome-building. Whatever, I guess it's gonna happen. Reading the Vampire Slayer and Fighting the Forces are two new essay collections about The Slayer. The NY Observer reviews them.
The Biography of a Cow from The Times.
When I was in London a couple years ago, I was shocked by how many people drank malternative beverages. My girlfriend at the time tried to get me to enjoy some sort of sugary Smirnoff concoction. Ever since then, I've assumed they would flood into America, usurping wine coolers. It has taken a while but they're becoming more popular -- and controversial.