- Born to Run, by Christopher McDougall -- It's not just about running barefoot as some in the media have made it seem. The book reads like an adventure story and is hard to put down.
- Everyday Drinking, by Kingsley Amis -- The master of drunken prose (see Lucky Jim) explains how to be a proper drunkard, including social drinking, booze backgrounders and drink recipes.
- Running & Being, by George Sheehan -- The philosophical side of running and one of my all-time favorites.
[Ed. note: A mean lady from OnlineCollegeCourses-dot-com asked me to disable the above link to the "40 Exhilarating Reads for Runners." You can probably find it yourself if you're that desperate to find something I posted almost two years ago. Updated: 5/31/13]
- Strange Brew -- A classic. What more can I say, eh? Go buy it, you hoser.
- Running -- I caught this 1979 Michael Douglas film during a free HBO preview week. The end perfectly depicts how you feel at the end of a marathon as Michael Andropolis (Douglas) struggles to finish the Olympic race.
- Tactical Nuclear Penguin -- The world's strongest beer.
- Laphroaig -- My favorite Scotch Whisky.
- Four Loko -- Soon to be banned caffeinated alcoholic beverage.
- CREAM or Whipped Lightning -- Alcohol-infused whipped cream for your holiday desserts.