I’ve watched John Ford’s 1962 classic, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance many times. It resonates more with each viewing, particularly so in recent years. Liberty premiered in a time when the United States was facing daunting changes on the horizon, internally and externally.
What we’ll miss most about Paula on ‘Idol’—her blissful ability to stand up and shake her aging booty to the tuneless stylings of the likes of Sanjaya Malakar then offer him incoherent but kind words of wisdom. Like the drunk aunt at the wedding who made the staid affair a little bit more interesting. . . .
Michael Jackson was far from your typical drug abuser, and it feels unfair to make him the reigning poster boy for the celebrity drug overdose, particularly when he’s the perfect poster boy for so many other things. Perhaps that’s the most tragic thing about his surprise death by overdose—it was completely unearned.