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From The Sunday Read Archive: ‘Weird Al Yankovic’s Weirdly Enduring Appeal’

In this episode of The Sunday Read, we revisit a story from our archives.

Sam Anderson claims Weird Al Yankovic is not just a parody singer — he’s “a full-on rock star, a legitimate performance monster and a spiritual technician doing important work down in the engine room of the American soul.” In these absurd times, Sam reaches into his childhood to explain the enduring appeal of an absurd artist.

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