1. GWYNETH PALTROW IN ‘SYLVIA’
In a brave, fierce performance, she plays Plath not as a fragile victim but as an emotionally roiled heartbreaker.
2. GARY COLE
”Um, yeah, I’m gonna ask you to go ahead and watch me on ABC’s Karen Sisco, NBC’s The West Wing, and Comedy Central’s endless repeats of Office Space. ”
3. DAVID GEST VS. LIZA MINNELLI
Read Gest’s 10-page complaint, on TheSmokingGun.com, to learn why one man described an ”intoxicated” Liza as ”stronger than any woman I’ve ever seen.”
4. CHUTES TOO NARROW, THE SHINS
Brilliant. Sparkling. Bubbly. A good champagne? No, just the new album from these purveyors of fine guitar pop.
5. THE LOONEY TUNES GOLDEN COLLECTION
Fifty-six classic ‘toons remastered on four DVDs. And that’s not all, folks: Fans will love the commentaries, documentaries, and galleries.
6. THE STORIES OF RICHARD BAUSCH, BY RICHARD BAUSCH
Read just a few of these staggeringly literate and well-observed short fictions and you’ll soon realize that it’s not only God who dwells in the details.
7. ”MILKSHAKE,” KELIS
From Harlem’s hip-hop funkstress: an odd (and gloriously unmelodic) ode to the beguiling charms of, uh, mammary motion.
8. DAVID SEDARIS: LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL
A CD on which the author-essayist-humorist riffs on rubber hands/parrots/Dutch Christmases.
Superagent Jack Bauer (nimbly played by Kiefer Sutherland) returns for a third season on Fox. Sure, his work is dangerous and all, but he’s gotta be making some serious overtime.
The third installment of this dangerously addictive snowboarding videogame offers vertiginous thrills set to groovy beats. We are so there, dude.