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John Leland…there is also a closet optimism running through these pages, a dweebish belief that news about other dweebs is not only readable and entertaining but newsworthy as well. All it needs is a pedestal—a synergy-loving media empire of its own, giving everyday Joes the Britney treatment. Headlines that declare "Area Bedroom Has That Weird Jeff Smell, Housemates Report" or "Spelling-Bee Runner-Up Bursts Into Tears Whenever Anyone Says 'Proprietor'" reflect American lives more closely—and more affectionately—than much of what passes for real news.
—The New York Times