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November 29, 2006

O.J., John Wilkes Booth, and the Trash Heap of Our Culture

Mary Beth Crain on December 21, 2006 04:00 PM EST writes:
Avigdor: Is this your side career, continued

Whoops, I hit the wrong key on that last comment and it got sent in. before I finished it. Well, Mr. Avigdor, it looks like you've had a busy 24 hours going from article to article on SOMA and trashing all of them. Billy Frolick's piece, the CNN article, my piece...Is somebody paying you to do this? Or are you so enviably unemployed that you don't have anything better to do?
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Mary Beth Crain on December 21, 2006 03:55 PM EST writes:
Avigdor: Is this your side career?

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jules avigdor on December 20, 2006 08:08 AM EST writes:
You can not be serious.

"And now, somewhere deep down in the trash heap of our violent, cynical, bloodthirsty culture, we have rediscovered our moral conscience."

...as if a violent, cynical dystopia such as you describe could find the moral compass that it tossed into the dresser drawer 50 years ago.

The fault lies with us. It shows up everywhere. Consider that you have implied that the chances of a return to morality is as remote as:

"...the Messiah will return, there├Żll be two chickens in every pot, and people will prefer Dostoyevsky to Dr. Phil."

Since even you do not believe in a return to Christian morality, do not appeal to it to mislead us, the readers.
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Mary Beth Crain on November 30, 2006 01:18 PM EST writes:
Thank you

Brian: Thanks for your compliment, and for your interesting observation. I guess those actors always have to be the center of attention don't they? Booth was probably just jealous that he wasn't playing that night, and decided that he'd get on that stage somehow, even if he had to jump from Lincoln's box and break a leg doing it!
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Brian Albertson on November 30, 2006 01:43 AM EST writes:
What an interesting, odd connection- O.J. Simpson and John Wilkes Booth as objects of perverse public interest. It just goes to show there are ways in which we haven't changed that much in 140 years.

There's another similarity between O.J. and Booth. Both were actors who loved an audience, though there were slight differences between them. Booth was one of the most popular and accomplished stage actors of his day. And O.J. was in the Naked Gun trilogy.

Great essay!
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