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Entries by Michael Sigman from 09/2011

The Wonderful World of Irony

| Posted 09.06.2011 | Entertainment

The 50-year journey of "What a Wonderful World" shows the versatility of pop songs that encourage interpretations far afield from whatever the writers might have had in mind, if indeed they had anything particular in mind.

Dick Cheney and the Agony of Deceit

| Posted 09.07.2011 | Politics

Dick Cheney shames the truth-shading of other political memoirs, instead spinning a story that flies in the face of common sense while it contradicts the more plausible accounts of fellow Republicans.

Politics and Songwriting: An Uneasy Alliance

| Posted 09.15.2011 | Entertainment

Scarborough's vanity project pales in comparison to the massive oeuvre of Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who's recorded lots of his songs during his six terms in office.

Andrew Oldham's Tales of Getting (Rolling) Stoned

| Posted 09.18.2011 | Books

What do Bob Dylan, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones have in common, aside from being musical geniuses who changed the world? They all worked with Andrew Loog Oldham while he was still a teenager.

The Genetic Reason Some Of Us Are Happier

| Posted 09.28.2011 | Healthy Living

I once dated a woman who was happy. She slept well, ate when she was hungry and exercised when her body needed it. I had insomnia, ate gallons of chocolate chip ice cream and ran eight miles a day.

The Last Straw Poll

| Posted 09.30.2011 | Politics

Republican presidential straw polls are supposed to test the direction of that party's leading windbags. But what to do when there is no direction? A slew of these polls have so far produced results that reflect few votes and no trends.