I've gone to great lengths to avoid any exposure to Dr. Phil over the years. Well, it wasn't that hard - mainly it involved just changing the channel. But as I was flipping around today, I actually stopped on his show and watched the whole damn thing. Why? Because Bill Cosby was his guest. In addition to being a very funny fellow ("Right!"), Cos seems to be one of the few people making any sense when talking about (and acknowledging) the problems within the African-American community. It is a shame that he's attacked when he talks about personal responsibility and such. So, anyway, my Dr. Phil-free streak is over. 'Tis a sad day, indeed.
I also went to the library today to pick up some books that I had on reserve. The first is Hollywood Interrupted by Andrew Breitbart and Mark Ebner, which is about the rising lunacy in the Hollywood celebrity culture. The other book that I got is State of Fear by Michael Crichton. I hadn't read a book of his since The Lost World, but when I'd heard that this was about the fear mongering on the part of the global warming crowd, I knew that I had to read it (what are the chances Hollywood will make this into a movie?). While the loan period for the first book is the standard 28 days, the latter I can only have out for two weeks since it's a current bestseller. Usually I take my time when reading a book (read: extremely slow), unless I'm thoroughly engrossed (Wouk's Don't Stop the Carnival). This is not really the best time for me to start reading a new book, what with my studying for the bar exam. But I think that I'll at least start it.