About Paige Wiser
I'm a free-lance writer with a full-time job: I'm Director of Communications at Saint Viator High School in Arlington Heights, Illinois. I'm an alum, too, Class of 1988. You should enroll your children there immediately.
In my down time, I'm the TV critic on ABC-7's "Windy City Live." On Sunday nights, I talk entertainment with WGN AM-720's Bill Leff and my former movie-reviewing partner, David Plummer. You can find a lot of my writing at Michigan Avenue magazine. I also free-lance as a muse when I can fit it into my schedule.
During the last couple of decades in the newspaper business, I served as reporter, critic, and columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times. Regular columns included "Planet Paige," in which I wrote about the quirkier side of the news; "Camera Obscura," which celebrated B movies; and "BioFeedback," which distilled celebrity biographies.
I earned my bachelor's degree at Notre Dame and my master's at Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism. I'm thinking of putting "philosopher/adventuress" on my business cards.
Category Archives: Music
Of all the songs in the world that mention Sept. 12, this is my favorite. I couldn’t find video of Annie Golden singing it, but this clip is arguably better: Kathleen Wilhoite performing the song during an episode of the ’80s sitcom “Throb,” with George Clooney in the background making like Tony in “Tony and Tina’s Wedding,” but with less subtlety.
I haven’t figured out yet what the perfect pop song is, but I’m always searching for it. Obviously, the answer is probably different for everyone (unless, like me, you mentally started rifling through the GoGo’s catalog). But I’ve always been fascinated by the definition of “pop” in general: How can you predict what will appeal to the largest cross-section of music lovers? How do you give people exactly what they want, before they know they want it? What makes Britney Spears’ oeuvre classic, and Rebecca Black’s “Friday” a joke?