Tuesday, December 1, 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.

For live gossip and entertainment coverage visit the SideShow blog.


  Email Tirdad at sideshow@phillynews.com
Poor Miley Cyrus! Even her goodwill gestures backfire! Seems the homeless man Miley brought to the VMAs Sunday to accept the best video of the year prize on her behalf is wanted by the police. Miley came to the glitzy gala accessorized with one Jesse Helt as a way to highlight the plight of homelessness.
Was Chris Brown the target? Did the would-be assassin (or assassins - the number is unclear) - who emptied six rounds into rap mogul Suge Knight hit the wrong person? The violence, which kicked off Sunday during a pre-MTV Video Music Awards party at a popular Los Angeles nightclub, left Knight severely injured. Authorities say two other people were injured.

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