What about Al?

Following the unexpected death of pop idol Michael Jackson, everyone is so concerned about his kids, his estate, and his family. But I’d suggest there’s a forgotten victim of this tragedy: Weird Al Yankovich. Much of Al’s early career was built on parodies of Jackson’s popular songs. For a time, he was known as a …

Who are you?

I think the FCC needs to reprimand NBC regarding its use of the term “celebrity” in the title of its summer reality TV series, I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here. OK, that looks like Sanjaya with a Mohawk and maybe one the lesser Baldwins on the end. Does anyone know who the hell …

The pretender

Jackson Browne is easily my favorite singer/songwriter. Perhaps he's not the most obvious choice for someone of my age, but in the last few years, I've really come to identify with his music. Browne has been called "a thinking man's rock star," with introspective, literate, and often deeply personal lyrics. No other artist is able …

Fighting ingorance

For years I have enjoyed the column The Straight Dope by Cecil Adams, which regularly appears in the Chicago Reader. Cecil answers all sorts of readers' questions, ranging from the mundane to the obscene. No matter how ridiculous the question, the column always attempts to answer it earnestly (often with tongue firmly planted in cheek). …