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April 06, 2009


Wonderful and important discussion of how our obsession with celebrity stomps on our understanding of the humanity of those we obsess over.

The Hafiz poem and the elephant photo are devastating.

Only upon her ghastly death (beheaded in an auto/train accident) did I figure out (through the dateline on the obit) that I am distantly related to Jayne Mansfield (nee Vera Jane Palmer) and her now-famous daughter Mariska Hargitay. (My great grandmother was a Palmer, also in tiny Pen Argyl, PA). Thus, I've had a couple of decades to consider how lives diverge in unpredictable ways. Very scary. Everyone is related to someone "famous." Just look at all the genealogies linking current politicos to kings!

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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