Monday, July 6, 2015


Tirdad Derakhshani was born in Tehran, Iran, and raised in London and rural North Jersey, where he closely studied a theoretical, radical post-Hegelian approach to cow-tipping. He moved to Philadelphia in the mid-'80s to seek enlightenment, and instead received a B.A. in literature at Penn. While pursuing doctoral studies in modern religious thought and philosophy, he worked at the Inquirer as a news clerk, researcher, editor, and entertainment writer.

He hopes SideShow will help citizens better understand the vicissitudes of the Consumerist-Military-Industrial-Infotainment Complex, or, in other words, why Britney Spears has a tendency to shave her head, Brangelina to adopt children, and Lindsay Lohan to crave imprisonment.

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Stars of two generations were celebrated around the globe Wednesday. On the fifth anniversary of his passing Michael Jackson was remembered and celebrated for one of the most memorable careers in pop history. And many were tipping the spaghetti-western hat to the ultimate character actor, Eli Wallach, who died Tuesday at 98.
Joan Lunden, who hosted ABC's Good Morning America from 1980 to 1997, went on the show Tuesday to say she is fighting breast cancer. This misfortune haunts the show: Cohost Robin Roberts has been treated for it, and so has cohost Amy Robach. Lunden said she had already started chemo and expects to make a full recovery.

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