THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ESPN: SAINTS, SAVIORS, & SINNERS
Edited by Jay Lovinger, Introduction by Hunter S. Thompson (Hyperion, $40)
A collection of essays, illustrations, and photographs explore sports as America’s secular religion. Thompson leads with the strangely chaotic place where sports and religion interact; George Plimpton writes of sports gods, worthy of worship. The greats make an appearance — Muhammad Ali, Billie Jean King, Avery Brundage — prophets, if you will, who change the way people look at life, even if just on the field or court.
OUR READ: A SCORE FOR THE SPORTS LOVER IN YOUR LIFE
THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES 2002
Edited by James Ellroy (Houghton Mifflin, $28)
Robert B. Parker, Joyce Carol Oates, Michael Connelly, and Thomas H. Cook are among the mystery masters who make their literary appearances in this sixth best-of volume.
OUR READ: APPROPRIATELY CHILLING AND THRILLING
NEW ON DVD
Tom Cruise and Mike “yeah, baby” Myers are coming home for the holidays in Minority Report, available December 17, and Austin Powers in Goldmember (left), a shagadelic treat also out this month, that boasts a medley of extras, such as “Fashion vs. Fiction,” an explorative look at the various phases of fashion in Goldmember.
Great DVD box sets that make perfect last-minute gifts include Baz Luhrmann’s Red Curtain Trilogy Box Set. Offering a fix to any Luhrmann fan, it wraps three of his most impressive films — Moulin Rouge SE, Romeo + Juliet, and Strictly Ballroom — in a five-disc collection. For the comedy-lover, the Farrelly Brothers Collection Box Set is a sure hit, containing Shallow Hal, Me, Myself & Irene, and There’s Something About Mary. Another collector’s set that’s ageless and a sure hit: the James Bond Gift Set, which includes Dr. No, GoldenEye, Goldfinger, License to Kill, The Spy Who Loved Me, The Man With the Golden Gun, and Tomorrow Never Dies — all special edition.
— ANNA FIALHO