Richard Rushfield is a friend of mine, and (at least until a couple of weeks from now) a neighbor, too.
Richard writes funny, biting pieces about popular culture for lots of places -- The Daily Beast, the LATimes, Vanity Fair -- but the best place to find him is at his own site, RushfieldBabylon.com.
Strike that. That's the second best place. The best place, at least for the next week, is right here.
Richard started life as a Democrat. In a serious way. He worked for Michael Dukakis and Bill Clinton, and now insists that he's fled politics. I think that's code for: moved to the center. And maybe even a little right of center. Right now, he's pretty much the sharpest observer and chronicler of American popular culture, in all of its glory and filth.
In other words, he's an interesting guy. He's written a couple of excellent books, including a college memoir and the definitive story of the "American Idol" phenomenon, but this week, he's here at Ricochet.
Let's give him a Ricochet welcome!