Picks and Pans Review:
In 2003 Monty Python alum Eric Idle made a "comic tour" of the U.S.; in his new book he riffs on what he saw. Here, his free-association take on American culture.
FREE SPEECH Where people who have paid most yell loudest
AWARDS SHOWS Events in which highly paid celebrities will work for gift baskets
16-OZ. COFFEES What Americans drink in the morning to prepare for road rage
THE SUPER BOWL A sporting event between competing commercials
FAST FOOD Slow death
AMERICA IS ODD BECAUSE: •Paula Abdul is a judge •[Impotency drug] ads suggest that sex can improve your golf •People compete to be fired by Donald Trump