If you’re an avid KQED Pop reader, you might remember our interview with Lauren LoPrete, an Oakland designer who shot to internet fame with her brilliant blog, This Charming Charlie, which pairs Smiths lyrics with Peanuts characters. And maybe you also remember reading about how Universal wanted to kill all the joy in the world and shut down the best pairing since Nutella and banana. After panic on the streets of London and panic on the streets of Birmingham ensued, Morrissey has surfaced to clarify that he’s less boy with the thorn in his side and more charming man, explaining that Universal doesn’t even represent him and that he is “delighted and flattered by the Peanuts comic strip with its use of Morrissey-Smiths lyrics, and he hopes that the strips remain.” And word is that Universal is backing off and leaving This Charming Charlie alone. Best thing to happen to freedom of speech since the First Amendment? Probably!
Emmanuel Hapsis studied creative writing at University of Maryland and went on to receive his MFA in the field from California College of the Arts. After a few years of odd jobs, he landed at KQED, where he worked his way up from an intern to the lead producer of a literature podcast and then the creator and editor of KQED Pop. In his free time, he sings his heart out at karaoke.