Chris Norris

  1. tv
    The Show-Tunes-Obsessed Mormons Behind Schmigadoon!Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul’s send-up of musical theater is both wholesome and really, really funny.
  2. drama derby
    The Greatest TV Drama of the Past 25 Years, Semifinals: Mad Men vs. The WireAMC’s boxer pitted against HBO’s brawler.
  3. essay
    Is Lady Gaga’s Uplifting Message Diminishing Her Gaga-ness?Inarguably positive but inoffensively mainstream, her ‘Born this Way’ preaching detracts from her breakout avant-garde persona.
  4. essay
    Why the Death of Celebrity Rehab Veteran Mike Starr Makes Laughing at Charlie Sheen HardA writer who observed the heroin-tortured musician during his ‘Rehab’ shoot sees there are predictable consistencies in the behavior of the addicted.
  5. Daryl HallThe lighter half of Hall & Oates was never cool, exactly. And now, once again, he’s hot.
  6. The Grateful Near-DeadHow a heart attack—and subsequent shocking onstage episodes—gave a punk-rocker, the Giraffes’ Aaron Lazar, a new lease on life.
  7. Wild and FreeJim Carroll outlived his own gorgeous myth.
  8. (Untitled Heath Ledger Project)In which the protagonist dies mysteriously, and the audience analyzes his final days for clues to his real character.
  9. Mess Up Your LifeConfronting the new anti-organization guru.
  10. Shape ShifterMos Def has steered his career with elegant foresight. Now he’s heading for outer space—and it may be his best move yet.
  11. The Real Slim Shady Sits Down—and Grows UpEminem ushers in the age of the rap apology.
  12. Where the Sidewalk EndsWith Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, Pavement shed its indie-authenticity complex.
  13. Planetary PopWith a surreal army of celebrity acolytes, Michael Jackson is invading Madison Square Garden. Tomorrow, the world.
  14. Vox PopuliWhat do those taxi recordings say about us?
  15. Voodoo ChildThe willfully unpredictable jazz singer Cassandra Wilson – equally comfortable with Cyndi Lauper and Bill Evans – conjures the spirit of Miles […]