SURROUND YOURSELF WITH THIN, HAPPY, NON-SMOKERS: Our friends help keep us healthy and happy or, conversely, fat and morose. Heck, I knew this. But now it's backed up by scientific proof. If your homies gain weight, so will you. If they smoke, so will you. Check out "Is Happiness Catching?" in The New York Times Magazine.
THIS WEEK'S HOWLER LINE OF DIALOGUE: From Dan Brown's "The Lost Symbol":
“‘Actually, Katherine, it’s not gibberish.’ His eyes brightened again with the thrill of discovery. ‘It’s ... Latin.’”
THEATER REVIEW, IN MINIATURE: I enjoyed Tracy Letts's "August, Osage County" the other night at the Ahmanson in Los Angeles, but at 3 1/2 hours, it's "Lawrence of Arabia" without the camels. Think "Long Day's Journey into (LATE) Night." A nasty dysfunctional family drama/black comedy that won the Pulitzer and leaves bruises.
HAPPY NEW YEAR: On Rosh Hashonah, Penn State will play football against....yep, Temple.
HEAVY DUTY PHILOSOPHER: Scholar-athlete Terelle Pryor was asked why he honored that dog-abusing convicted felon Michael Vick with his eye-black design in Ohio State's season opener: "Not everybody's the perfect person in this world. Everyone kills people, everyone murders people, steals from you, steals from ...me, whatever."
That's it from this very imperfect person,