"He instinctively can find the shining greatness of our American culture and does a good job of highlighting it (although he also does have those rare lapses when he writes about hockey, but that is something caused by impurities in the Eastern waters or something)." Erik Keilholtz
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Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children. Email
American society made the man the pop star that the was. It allowed him to amass a vast fortune, at one time, that obviously was self destructive to his character. He was highly odd. A person cannot be blamed for being odd, however, or at least can't be exclusively blamed for it. During his life time the press came to be on him like wolves on a carcass because of that oddity, and the public joined in the feeding frenzy. It's a sad comment on what we create through our entertainment dollars and how we destroy, for amusement, what we've created. The man obviously needed help, and the press following him around because he acted like a freakish clown didn't help him get it.
Now, however, the press is celebrating his life as if all this didn't happen. It's celebrating his achievements, which are really minor in the grand scheme of things, and acting like it, and we, didn't have major role in the freak show. Claiming that he was an entertainment genius now doesn't really do him any good, and it glosses over what he became. #