Hello. I am in Chicago, Illinois the home of my birth and I have some questions. One, who is Cortland Finnegan and what is he doing with my family name? Two, did I really just purchase 25 episodes of Just Shoot Me. Three, when is the blizzard over. Four, what is a good book to read besides the books in my childhood bedroom — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s “Living History” and the Aeneid (already read both). Five, your predictions as to why 2011 will be better than 2010, in the comments section, if you so please.
Goodbye. And God bless Kurt.
Everything’s gonna be fine
Quiz: Which college football coach has the best name? (Warning: Very difficult)
1) Dabo Swinney (Clemson)
2) Urban Meyer (formerly Florida)
3) Joker Phillips (Kentucky)
4) Sonny Dykes (Louisiana Tech)
5) Rickey Bustle (Louisiana-Lafayette)
6) Doc Holliday (Marshall)
7) Houston Nutt (Mississippi)
8 ) Bo Pelini (Nebraska)
9) Mack Brown (Tejas)
10) Tommy Tuberville (Texas Tech)
Quiz: Who is your favorite Australian?
a) Portia DeRossi
b) Julian Assange
c) Heath Ledger
d) Mel Gibson
e) Anne Hamilton-Byrne
f) a and b
g) c and d and e
h) all of the above
i) none of the above
j) Rupert Murdoch
Today it is time to award the Best Magazine of the Year award to what I think is the best magazine of the year (but really the century). It was not a hard decision to make — the clear winner is Outside Magazine. Here is why.
First of all, it is where the best ethnographoreporter in the nation, Jon Krakauer, cut his teeth. Reading Into Thin Air/The Wild for the 19th and 14th consecutive times, respectively, I still cannot believe they exist, and that he fucking climbed Mt. Everest for a magazine article. Unbelievable. Unbelievable!
Second, I have learned most everything I know from Outside. Like what it feels like to freeze to death, which is fun to talk about with people, and which $100 ski gloves are the warmest (doesn’t only apply to skiing; my gloves have worked very well in Brooklyn!). Third, the commenters are fun. As one commenter wrote on an article by famed mountaineer Conrad Anker about climbing India’s Shark’s Fin in a blizzard: “Now that’s what I call a JOURNEY. Inspires me to live my life more OUTLOUD. Rock on, Anker!”
I love it. Every time I read Outside I start to foam testosterone at the mouth. It’s great! Keep it up, people who write and edit it.
*Oh! And if you want to see what I deemed the Best New Blog of 2010 — along with the best line drawing of me in history — check out the Bygone Bureau.