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I meant to make a laudatory post last week to the effect that, where other than The New Yorker might you find a smart, funny, informative article on a literary figure as obscure as Alfred Lord Dunsany

I took that test when we applied to adopt! Picture was from the 30's: any idiot could tell that you were supposed to translate the stallion and the shirtless man in the picture into something sexual.

Mitchell is right on this precise point, though: as a classical music fan, I find its use in classical venues to be an outrage.

If anyone cares, I thought the Al Pacino profile was outstanding, but the Cosby profile superficial. Of course, that was two weeks ago, so yes, I'm behind.

 

Same here on the Pacino profile. Haven't read the Cosby.

 

Nice piece on Pacino in current issue. But maybe I just think it's a good piece because of how much I like Pacino?

 

See, this is what I wonder. Did I (and you two) like it because we like Pacino, because we know so little about Pacino, or simply (and additionally) because it's really well done?

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He has been pretty good about keeping his life out of the media, considering some of the women he's been with.

 

Great background stuff. Sure read like he and the writer have been at least acquaintances for a long time.

 

I've seen him on stage quite a few times - it's where, imo, he totally shines (though a few of his movie roles have been epic as well).

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Unlike the new bio, the Cosby profile does discuss his infidelities and the sexual assault charges brought against him.

 

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If anyone cares, I thought the Al Pacino profile was outstanding, but the Cosby profile superficial. Of course, that was two weeks ago, so yes, I'm behind.

 

Same here on the Pacino profile. Haven't read the Cosby.

 

Nice piece on Pacino in current issue. But maybe I just think it's a good piece because of how much I like Pacino?

 

See, this is what I wonder. Did I (and you two) like it because we like Pacino, because we know so little about Pacino, or simply (and additionally) because it's really well done?

 

 

It's not because I'm more a Pacino fan than a Cosby fan. I felt I learned a lot about Pacino from the profile--and also found a lot of the guy's own comments insightful or funny. The Cosby profile seemed more a digest of what I knew already. (The Pacino profile was a longer piece, of course.)

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At first, I thought, resentfully, that sure, you can indulge in that sort of self-deprecating self-revelation when you're "the" voice of your generation. But in the end, I just thought that Leah Dunham is one smart, funny writer. Whatever her parents paid for all that therapy might actually have been worth it.

 

But, of course, even Leah's nothing compared to Mary Beard.

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The Ofili profile covers, as expected, the "outrage" over the "Sensation" show's Virgin Mary/elephant dung painting at the Brooklyn Museum, and notes that it caused no outcry when exhibited in London.

 

Equally expected, it doesn't mention that the London show was execrated by the media and sections of the public, not because of Ofili's painting, but because of Marcus Harvey's reproduction of a famous police mugshot of the child murderer Myra Hindley using handprints of four year old children.

 

A picture shown which caused no offense in New York. Interesting cultural gap.

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