Pop Culture Roundup Sept. 26, 2006

A few days back it was reported how Bob Dylan made use of some lines by Civil War-era poet Henry Timrod on his new album "Modern Times." Now here's a look at how Bob evidently recycles lines from Proust, Mark Twain and others in his autobiography, "Chronicles Vol. 1."


NPR checks in with ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro.


Speaking of Mark Twain (see Dylan item above) the co-writer of "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" read his own obituary earlier this week.

On Tuesday, The Associated Press reported on the death of a 68-year-old man named Paul Van Valkenburgh of Ormond Beach, Fla., who claimed to have written the song under the name Paul Vance. The story cited the man's wife as the source for that claim.

But the music industry's real Paul Vance, a 76-year-old man from Coral Springs, Fla., is alive and well, and says the other Paul Vance appears to have made the whole thing up.


Marvel Comics is planning a multi-user, online role-playing game.


Sci Fi Wire chats with "Doctor Who" producter Russell T. Davies about the spin-off show "Sarah Jane Investigates" now in production.


The Associated Press interviews Michael Emerson, who plays Others leader "Henry Gale" on "Lost." I'd imagine Emerson is tired of being called "bug-eyed" by now, wouldn't you?

"In Season 3, the show moves geographically and spiritually to another place," Emerson said. "We will be with The Others more. They will become more three-dimensional."

He said viewers may even come to sympathize with The Others, who were on island long before the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815.

"Who's really the intruder? Who's the bad guys? Who's upsetting who? Who has the right to be there?" Emerson said.