Culture writer Joe Gross on what's trending (and what should be) in television, movies, comics and culture, popular and not-so-popular.

Happy 70th birthday to the great Patti Smith!

10:50 am Dec. 30, 2016

[read in Garrison Keillor’s “Writer’s Almanac” voice]

Happy birthday to writer and rock star Patricia Lee “Patti” Smith, born Chicago, Ill. 70 years ago today. Her family moved to Philadelphia and eventually New Jersey, where she

Happy Birthday, Kim Gordon!

11:36 am Apr. 28, 2016

Happy birthday to the great Kim Gordon: music and fashion icon, Sonic Youth bassist and guitarist, singer, songwriter , memoirist and over all rock music thunder-goddess. She turns 63 today.

(Yes, 63.)

Here are 20 of her