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Pop culture's sacred cows? Just dare to dis them
Pop culture's sacred cows? Just dare to dis them

"You are a predictable snotty little journalist that had to take a shot at the Rolling Stones. Overrated? I think not. You, on the other hand, have accomplished nothing in your pathetic little career. Who are you? Just another third-rate . . . writer." Sometimes, notes like this one from Ron in Sherman Oaks are what passes for fan mail. After five years of mouthing off about pop culture in the Sunday Calendar section week after week in the Overrated/Underrated column, one thing has become clear to me. Easy targets come and go — chronically overlooked albums, a below-the-radar independent film or whatever CNN has been wasting our time with this week. But then there are the...

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