Friday, February 09, 2007
Anna Nicole. Why?
What was it about Anna Nicole?

There have been hundreds of Playboy Playmates, but the wire services don’t put out new stories every time one of them appears at an event. Countless beautiful young women have married rich old men, but you never hear about them on national TV. Reality show stars are a dime a dozen, but seldom make the cover of supermarket tabloids.

Perhaps it was that she was many things -- and not quite anything. She was Forrest Gump, wandering from one spotlight to the next (the Playboy Mansion? Billionaire's ranch? The Supreme Court?). She was a national Rorschach blot, in which various constituencies -– breast-loving men, money-loving hangers-on, the celebrity media –- saw what they wanted. She was presented as a cartoon character, two-dimensional and not quite real.

She was also a mother who lost a son and leaves behind a 5-month-old daughter. That, too, echoes.

A Greek tragedy retold by Jacqueline Susann -- or Dave Barry.
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
More on Prince
The Associated Press has an article about Prince's, um, suggestive behind-the-sheet guitar solo from Sunday's Super Bowl halftime show. Though a few folks brought up the subject in responses to the previous Marquee post, here's another chance to comment.

So, were you offended? Amused? Asleep? To play on the observation attributed to Freud, is a guitar sometimes just a guitar?

Incidentally, several people wondered why Prince didn't get electrocuted during his rainy performance. Slate has the answer.
Monday, February 05, 2007
Two things about the Super Bowl
For all the millions -- heck, tens of millions -- spent by advertisers to create and buy air time for their Super Bowl commercials, the best ad of the night was a simple, in-house CBS ad with David Letterman and Oprah Winfrey. It was surprising, clever and funny, unlike about 80 percent of the highly touted main attractions.

And Prince? He put on the best Super Bowl halftime show ever. The Stones were boring; Paul McCartney almost made me long for Up with People. (Almost.) But Prince sang the hell out of his 15 minutes and showed everyone that he can still play guitar. (His guitar-playing skills have been all too overlooked in the past few years.) Hey, NFL -- sign up the Purple One every year!
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