[Note -- Since there was no field trip last Friday due to holiday excursions, please forgive the untimeliness of a few links]
-Christmas came early this year for the White Sox, and Jim Margalus examines the Adam Dunn signing over at Sox Machine.
-Jim Emerson takes on cinematic realism over at Scanners.
-On spectacle and Blake Griffin, Bethlehem Shoals conjures up my favorite take (so far) on the rookie phenom at Free Darko.
-Obvious, but necessary: Sam Peckinpah gets treated by Leonard Price in the ongoing Gateways to Geekery series at The AV Club.
-Kobe reveals his true inspiration: Michael Jackson. Adrian Wojnarowski has the story, as usual, at Yahoo! Sports.
-Hype, haters, and why Derrick Rose should be held to a higher standard, from Noam at Hardwood Paroxysm.
-John H. Richardson interviews the amusingly angry Christian Bale over at Esquire.
[Photoshop by Alex Foucre-Stimes]