I'm not really watching American Idol this season because the last thing I need is another umpteen hours of television a week, but if I were watching, I'd be pulling for Anoop Desai. I mean, how can you not love a contestant who wrote a 60-page college honors thesis about barbecue?
Sixty pages! Wow.
Desai wrote the paper as an undergrad at the University of North Carolina, a state that knows a thing or two about 'cue. The table of contents is listed below, but you can download and read the whole thing from anoopdog.com [pdf]. Desai is now a grad student at UNC, but this University of Kansas grad and KC barbecue partisan won't hold that against him.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Why Foodways?
Chapter 2: Barbecue in the South
Chapter 3: Southern Myth
Chapter 4: Barbecue as Myth
Chapter 5: Barbecue as Religion
Chapter 6: Barbecue as a Lens I: Opposition Culture
Chapter 7: Barbecue as a Lens II: Ethnographies I. Allen and Son—Chapel Hill, NC II. The Skylight Inn—Ayden, NC The Barbecue Joint—Chapel Hill, NC III. Stamey’s Barbecue—Greensboro, NC Lexington Barbecue—Lexington, NC IV. The Future
You know what? I think I may just have to watch now—despite Desai's UNC ties. [via Daniel Zemans]