I read about Rick Rubin discovering this guy last year in The New York Times Magazine, but it didn't dawn on me until I saw his CD this weekend: his name Paul Potts. Hmmmm. Not too different from one of the twentieth century's worst mass murderers. If your last name is, say, Stallings, do you think it helps or hurts your daughter's chances to be a superstar if you stick her with the name Josie?
Also, my brother accidentally wrote "O'bama" instead of "Obama" in an IM conversation this weekend. O'bama. Like O'Brian, or O'Bannon. Problems with working-class whites solved! Voila, now he's an up-by-the-bootstraps South Side Irishman! That O'bama really is an incredible politician, truly all things to all voters.