"Why are you doing this?" I asked myself as I handed over $10 to enter the infamous Coney Island Side Show. After all, as a person of short stature, I could easily have been exhibited there not so long ago. Yet something about the concept intrigued me.
Melanie Martinez's career got a nice boost a few years back by appearing on The Voice, but ever since, she's carved a niche in the industry and the recent release of her debut album Cry Baby is clearly going to keep her around long after Blake and Adam retire their chair turns for good.
And so it goes -- another production of Side Show leaves us. Its cult status will remain, untouched by mainstream attention. This is no surprise to those of us who follow such things. In fact, the surprise was that it came at all.
It's easy to look at two friends (or lovers) who share a close rapport and wonder what attracts them to each other. But sometimes opposites not only attract, they can lead to the most unexpected kind of fame.
After watching from my front row seat on "Morning Joe" the endless parade of Blagos, Balloon Boys, Snookis, and Salahis, I felt compelled to assemble our new political and pop cultural superheroes in a single book.