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September 2, 2007
August 31, 2007
If I didn't know Alex Massie, I would say he's shamelessly seeking traffic-generating controversy when he writes, on the tenth anniversary of the event, that Princess Diana's death "has proved more useful than not. That sounds callous, I know, but there you have it." However, I do know Massie, and indeed I remember him ruining a perfectly good social occasion a few years back by starting a rip-roaring argument about this. So, yes, this is what he really thinks.
I'm a devoted fan of E.J. Dionne, but his Post column today strikes me as intentionally obtuse. After a long, tortured windup about Leona Helmsley's dogs, Michael Vick, and the plight of uninsured Americans, E.J. gets around to his central grievance: the media's undeniable tendency to cover celebrity bad behavior, ala Vick's pooch abuse, far more vigorously than the far more important issue of poverty.
As I wrap up my catching-up with theatrical releases, I wanted to say a few words about Stardust, which has been widely, and ludicrously, compared to The Princess Bride.