We haven't had a books thread on the board since our friends from the Eagles paid us a visit before SB XXXIX. One reason I haven't started one before is that I haven't been reading for pleasure for months. But yesterday I started reading Among the Thugs, by Bill Buford. This is an old book, published in 1990, but I saw it quite prominently displayed in a bookstore here in Cambridge. Buford (an American who lived in England for a long time and now writes for the New Yorker) spent time among English football hooligans and this book is the product. I can't recommend it enough -- it's beautifully written and asks all the right questions. The people depicted in it don't just make me ashamed to belong to the same nation -- they make me ashamed to belong to the same species.