From the Editors
The New York Knicks basketball phenom Jeremy Lin continues to stir debate, light up the mediasphere, and inspire awful puns. Best Week Ever has made a collage of every Lin headline from the New York tabloids, and they're Linsanely bad. David Letterman did a made-up Top 10 Worst Jeremy Lin Puns (like "Law and Order: Criminal Lin-tent"). "You have officially arrived when you are the subject of a Late Show Top Ten List," says All Ball. Lin also "can add 'subject of an SNL cold-open sketch' to his growing list of notable accomplishments," says Atlantic Wire, after Saturday Night Live did an over-the-top sports talk show mocking the use of Asian stereotypes that have appeared in some media.
After Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg watched Lin play at Madison Square Garden, the geniuses up in Cambridge began to debate which of the two Harvard grads is a better role model for students. "This titanic contrast is important because it's evident that undergraduates are confused as to whether the Jeremy or Mark model best fits the Harvard student," notes campus publication Harvard Political Review. "They are both precocious twenty-something year olds who are finding incredible success early in life, underdogs with unconventional playing styles, and people who stuck out in a crowd of wunderkinds during their undergraduate years. However, this is where the similarities end." Adds Bostinno: "Lin's the lovable one; the team player. He spent how long sleeping on his brother's couch? He's humble.. He'll give you the clothes off his back. And that's what makes him a rock star. Zuckerberg, on the other hand, well...we've all seen The Social Network. He's known for walking all over people." Maybe by coincidence, an online "meme" has recently emerged contrasting the Harvard Douchebag and the Harvard Good Guy. Who's the role model? How about neither? "Leave it to Harvard students to wring their hands over who is a better role model," gripes Boston Daily. "Surely Harvard students, who have excelled at so much in their lives, should be comfortable enough with the concept of defining their own success."
Fast Company reports that, "while big publishers court the New York Knicks' 23-year-old point guard to write his memoir, at least seven Lin Kindle books (Lindles?) have already been released." What? It says here that -- Alan Goldsher, author of "Linsanity: The Improbable Rise of Jeremy Lin," is one of the fastest (and slickest) Kindle authors, and FC interviews him here." GalleyCat has a list of all the Lin ebooks. Meanwhile, as the Observer points out, Lin is "officially hot enough" to qualify for a different moronic online meme. If you loved the Tumblr blog featuring photos of actor Ryan Gosling with "Hey Girl" messages superimposed on them, you might also like the new series of Jeremy Lin Hey Girl images at a different Tumblr blog. We truly live in an enlightened age.
Finally, in advance of the Oscars this weekend, the pop-culture chatterboxes are running at full speed. With The Artist nominated for best pic, the silent film theme is going to be big. There was a Charlie Chaplin tribute in West Hollywood, where designer dresses were on display but no one really dressing like the great silent mnovei actor. "The trouble with Charlie Chaplin fancy dress is that you end up looking like Hitler," says Holy Moly. Troublemaker Sacha Baron Cohen may actually want to look like The Dictator, the character he plays in his forthcoming movie, at the Oscars ceremony, and the Academy may or may not have banned him from attending, says The Marquee Blog. "Some [were] reporting that the actor's tickets had been rescinded, that doesn't appear to be the case." Awards Daily offers praise for this year's host, Billy Crystal: "I have always believed no one did it better than Billy in my lifetime anyway. Although Steve Martin, David Letterman and Jon Stewart were all great, only Billy Crystal has the ability to be funny, to keep the whole thing moving, and to make the medicine go down a lot more easily. " And Popwatch examines the myth that actresses who have nude scenes are the ones who win awards. They first debunk it ("From our sample, only 20 ceremonies had nude nominees - and of those, an unclothed actress only won 9 times. That's less than 50 percent.") But then the report notes that "if Viola David takes home the trophy on Sunday, she'll be the first Best Actress winner in 25 years to have won without baring any skin on screen [at any point in her career]." The last was Cher.