Monday, April 28, 2008

A Little Of The Old In And Out

In: Prince. Every sex months or so Prince pops up from under the radar and reminds us once again why is probably the coolest musician on the American cultural scene today. From the Los Angeles Times:

"'He thinks he's Jesus!' uttered a stunned young observer as Prince -- who did look rather divine in a gold-sequined white tunic and pants -- offered up a particularly rapturous guitar solo early on in his headlining appearance Saturday at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. This fan was obviously a new member of the Minneapolis master's flock."

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Out: Visual Provocation. Oh! "Trangressive Art!" How "controversial. How -- sotto voce -- trite (Averted Gaze).

The bourgeoisie need neither spanking nor shocking, they need, rather, artists willing to put their talents and their ideas on the line. Annie Leibovitz need not apply.

In: The Oprie-Cruise Interview, Part Deux. Part Two of the Oprah Winfrey-Tom Cruise interview is coming, and as someone who has followed the whole sordid semi-destruction of Cruise's career his last couch-jumping caused, this is, like, Blogger heaven. Fer reals. From, of all places, E!Online:

"I can exclusively report that Ms. Winfrey’s upcoming interview with Cruise includes questions about Scientology, his verbal smackdown with Matt Lauer on the Today show and, yes, the infamous couch-jumping incident.

"Winfrey actually revealed these details herself during this weekend's Las Vegas taping of her joint interview with Tina Turner and Cher.

"And that isn't all Winfrey shared.

"The first of the two-part Cruise one-on-one has already taken place at his estate in Telluride, Colo., Winfrey said. 'Oprah said Tom gave her a ride on a snowmobile,' one Vegas audience member told me. 'She also said Katie and Suri were there for the interview, too.'"

Hello, freakshow! So totally goddam there are we.

Out: Bill Clinton. Don't know about you guys, but The Corsair is so over Bill Clinton. Ryan Lizza's article in The New Yorker finally metastasized what has been gradually congealing intellectually for about a year in The Corsair's noggin. Historians of the future will probably memorialize William Jefferson Clinton as having done something swell and lovely for his wife, Senator Clinton, sacrificing his political capital and all. But we have come around to the sad fact that his Republican critics were, in the main, right about the former President's colossal selfishness, his messiness and his sheer boorishness. This is a democracy, not a hereditary monarchy, and we'd really rather Clinton got the fuck off the national stage and gave someone else a shot.

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