Something I Said?: Innuendo and Out the Other


What we have here is another mighty slim volume from Michael Feldman, best known (when known at all) for his public radio show "Whad'ya Know" (sic). Feldman, who spouts off about things he knows "not much" about weekly, here writes them down:
    · how to get your own radio show and what you can do with it once you ...

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What we have here is another mighty slim volume from Michael Feldman, best known (when known at all) for his public radio show "Whad'ya Know" (sic). Feldman, who spouts off about things he knows "not much" about weekly, here writes them down:
    · how to get your own radio show and what you can do with it once you do
    · paranoia
    · marriage (or as Feldman likes to refer to it, "a long-term bad relationship")
    · Hitler
    · SUVs
    · child-rearing (although it sounds like it's the author who is being reared)
    · a number of short pieces on places he and his crew have visited for their "remote possibilities" 
    · more references to "gentiles" than absolutely necessary (seems to be an issue for Feldman, although he is tickled with the 
        notion that, to a Mormon, he is one)
    · some attempts to misrepresent scientific or social research for humorous purposes
    · many personal revelations that prove the examined life is not necessarily worth living either
    · and pages and pages of fluff.

Mr. Feldman has not been compared, to our knowledge, to S. J. Perlman.

But here is some of what Michael Feldman says in Something I Said:
"The paranoid no longer is: paranoia has outlived its usefulness when everybody is out to get us."

"Take the phrase 'no problem': I can use it, although it is the very opposite of my two-word world view ('Nothing works')."

"Whatever latitude beauty may have in the eye of the beholder, funny is not readily apparent to all, and, who knows, they may be right. More importantly, they may be bigger."

Includes a music CD by Michael Feldman and John Sieger.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Michael Feldman writes with great affection about his family, his state, his profession, his ethnic group, his generation, his country, and Milwaukee. His book, like his radio program, is funny, intelligent, informative, and non-ghost-written. Other than that, he's just like Stern and Limbaugh."—Joe Queenan, author of Queenan Country: A Reluctant Anglophile's Pilgrimage to the Mother Country

"Michael Feldman dispenses a rare brand of humor absurd enough to shovel a glimpse at the truth. In Something I Said, he has frisbeed his soul into hell in the hope that some three-headed, flatulent dog will catch it. Funny enough to make you dump standing."—Kinky Friedman, author of ‘Scuse Me While I Whip This Out: Reflections on Country Singers, Presidents, and Other Troublemakers

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299202705
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Feldman, the host of Michael Feldman's Whad'ya Know, heard nationally on 320 public radio stations, is the author of Whad'ya Know?, The Book of Whad'ya Knowledge, Thanks for the Memos, and Wisconsin Curiosities. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin with an other-sex partner and two daughters. Visit
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Table of Contents

1 A house of a guy's own 3
2 A walk on the mild side 9
3 Feldman's best friend 17
4 Gentile like me 23
5 Apologia pro herring 27
6 Mad Mike 31
7 The nondescript charm of the bourgeoisie 34
8 Italian vacation 38
9 Leave no parent behind 43
10 Runaway 47
11 Is this my day on? 51
12 My daughter says hello 53
13 Nora has a problem 56
14 Kinder, not gentler, garten 59
15 The Guinness method 61
16 My religious instruction 65
17 Sometimes a great ape 69
18 Home alone 73
19 Jews close lower in light trading 76
20 Don't kazaa for me, Argentina 81
21 A death in the family 85
22 Freaky weeky 89
23 Cassandra 95
24 My parents smoke pot 99
25 Fame (I'm gonna live forever) 105
26 How to get into radio 109
27 Whad'ya know? 113
28 Michael Feldman discovered America in ... 119
29 Fan base 133
30 This is television 139
31 Coin of our realm 145
32 The Midwest : where is it? 148
33 Moo-yah! : an editorial 153
34 Minnesota man fakes death 157
35 (Still) one big individual 160
36 Mourning becomes DuWayne 165
37 Mad-is-one 169
38 My manhood 175
39 1965 179
40 Foundling, at fifty 185
41 A Feldman is 191
42 This far apart 194
43 Anglos in America 196
44 Paranoid's paradise 201
45 A little Hitler 206
46 Barney Google 208
47 Letters from the Milky Way 215
48 Baby boomers go boom! 219
49 What crisis? 222
50 Why I've got a loverly bunch of coconuts 227
51 My life, the musical 231
52 Fathers and sons 239
53 Making the world safe for -ocracy 242
54 The moving mouth, having spoke, moves on 245
55 Afterword : the secret of life revealed 248
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2004

    The Heir to Dave Barry

    Michael Feldman is the heir to Dave Barry in this hilarious collection of relections upon marriage, family and midwestern life. The popular host of public radio's 'Whad'ya Know?' gives Garrison Keillor a run for his money as the voice of heartland humor--with a heart!

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