American Idol Anoop Desai's 60-Page College Honor's Thesis on Barbecue

20090213-anoop.jpgI'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 [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
Works Consulted

You know what? I think I may just have to watch now—despite Desai's UNC ties. [via Daniel Zemans]