What do we talk about when we talk about Michael Jackson? The MJ death/death-in-life/rebirth-in-death phenom is too big for one blog, but finer minds than mine have mined the depths. I have four favorite pieces (so far) about MJ (RIP). They are:
*David Gates’ majestic essay from Newsweek (which I read aloud to my husband in a hotel room in London, where the whole city was as Jacko-crazed if not more so than the USA & where mind-bender headlines such as JACKO BEGGED FOR FATAL JAB abounded).
*Steve Almond’s sick & riveting short story; (not sure I can print the title on this site, which I hope makes you want to read it; the first thing I did after hearing of MJ’s death– after helping the internet crash by You-Tubing the Jackson Five, ABC– was find Steve’s THE EVIL BB CHOW on my shelves and read aloud to my ever-patient husband the last page; then and only then did I shed a few tears…)
Plus: a found-poem posting on my site from ‘Litotes’ (printed below).
Plus: a new StarLit. posting, a (very) personal personal-essay triggered by MJ, written by Eugenio Volpe and titled: Only In America Can a Poor Black Boy Die a Rich White Woman. (read on our StarLit. Page)
PS: & some songs: MICHAEL JACKSON by FATBOY SLIM and a song by Mu which screams, ‘Leave Michael Jackson alone.’ If only we could, Mu. But as they say in Pottery Barn, you break it, you own it. We killed him; we own him. Or owe him. Or something. Further thoughts/feelings/songs/ ‘inappropriate conspiracy theories– all are welcome here! WDYT?
Some inappropriate Michael Jackson conspiracy theories:
(1) The Castrato Theory: So he could retain his childlike voice into adulthood, his father had him “altered”.
(2) The Clone Theory: After Thriller, he made unreasonable contractual demands. So he was secretly assassinated and replaced by a white guy, whose plastic surgery gradually WORE OFF.
PS: also from Litotes, on an upbeat MJ note, check out this:
Jacko impersonators hit paydirt
PPS: And I’d add to my favorite MJ writings this one.