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Dear Kim:

I 've got some serious television habits but like most addictive behaviors, I try to rein it in somewhat. I have resisted even checking out hot new shows like "Grey's Anatomy," "Lost" or "24" for fear of adding it to my already lengthy list.

After resisting for several years, I tuned into "American Idol" this season, and one hit was all it took. I was hooked. Thank God, it wasn't heroin.

I am fascinated by the shining optimism and desire of the various contestants. Of watching them try to sing their way into our collective hearts, week after week.

I love the fact that even though there are judges, and that their comments can influence us, ultimately, it is the audience that decides what happens.

Oh and how about the weekly soap opera of how the judges do or do not relate. Watching Simon Cowell play bad cop to Paula Abdul's Glinda, the Good Witch of the West. Randy Jackson's affable street personality.

Whuzzup up, dawg.

Where does the dawg business come from, anyway? Is it about the ghetto experience of hanging with a pack? Hence, dawg?

Tonight was the announcement of this year's winner. The playoff between white southern soul crooner Taylor Hicks, and melodious hottie Katherine McPhee.

My votes always goes to the original. I so yearn for authenticity and the mark of the individual. Hicks has an original voice in the way that Joe Cocker or Rod Stewart do. McPhee is a very, very pretty woman who frankly feels generic to me.

Kim: So for almost a century we have moved from singers and storytellers to viewers. No wonder post-modernism has come to play. We are not able to participate. Our lives wither away as we burn the remaining coal of the earth. We do not learn to think and/or express ourselves. We become couch potatoes, with the couches becoming softer and softer.

When my rehearsal was canceled tonight, I thought the universe was giving me a chance to indulge in a little Idol-ing. But when I tried to tune in, I was unable to get reception.

So I caught up on the Sunday Times and talked to my sister. She called to tell me that Taylor Hicks had won. That it was the first time she had watched American Idol and she, too, now was hooked by the spectacle and the rags to career riches stories of the contestants.

That 64 million people had called into vote for tonight's winner. More than any election in U.S. history.

Kim: And in California, home of the TV, two major actors became our leaders.

Later,

Joan

Wed, May 24, 2006

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