Candorville (7/10/09)

07-10-09 (Candorville)

I haven’t spent much time thinking about Michael Jackson since he passed away. I haven’t bought any of his albums (not even Thriller), haven’t watched clips from the memorial service and have only read one newspaper obituary, published the day after his death. But today’s Candorville puts the whole sad spectacle of his passing in perspective. The image of Jackson shedding his contemporary exterior and returning to the joyful promise of his youth is grotesque and moving all at the same time. It suggests that underneath Jackson’s troubled (and to some people, freakish) exterior was a genuine human spirit, and that his death, however tragic, might set that spirit free.


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