Bill James on The Colbert Report - Tonight!

Yes, that's right. The Godfather of advanced baseball statistics will be the guest on The Colbert Report, tonight.

Now before you get all excited thinking that he is going to talk about the Gold Mine of the early season, that won't probably be the case. Instead he will be talking about his latest book: Popular Crime.

Which has, from what I can tell, next to nothing to do with baseball. But given that Mr. Colbert can be a bit off the wall at times, who knows where the interview will go.

Here is the description by Simon & Schuster about the book.

The man who revolutionized the way we think about baseball now examines our cultural obsession with murder—delivering a unique, engrossing, brilliant history of tabloid crime in America.

Celebrated writer and contrarian Bill James has voraciously read true crime throughout his life and has been interested in writing a book on the topic for decades. Now, with Popular Crime, James takes readers on an epic journey from Lizzie Borden to the Lindbergh baby, from the Black Dahlia to O. J. Simpson, explaining how crimes have been committed, investigated, prosecuted and written about, and how that has profoundly influenced our culture over the last few centuries— even if we haven't always taken notice.

Exploring such phenomena as serial murder, the fluctuation of crime rates, the value of evidence, radicalism and crime, prison reform and the hidden ways in which crimes have shaped, or reflected, our society, James chronicles murder and misdeeds from the 1600s to the present day. James pays particular attention to crimes that were sensations during their time but have faded into obscurity, as well as still-famous cases, some that have never been solved, including the Lindbergh kidnapping, the Boston Strangler and JonBenet Ramsey. Satisfyingly sprawling and tremendously entertaining, Popular Crime is a professed amateur's powerful examination of the incredible impact crime stories have on our society, culture and history. 

I didn't know that Bill James wrote about anything other than baseball. But apparently he does. So if you get a few spare seconds at 11:30 p.m., you may want to check it out.

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