CELEBRITIES IN BED
They itch, scratch, writhe, sleep, snore. Yes,
all right, sex too. Also mites. Mites are a
problem for celebrities as they are a problem
for everyone else.
CELEBRITIES IN PUBLIC
They present themselves like peacocks or rubbery statues; OR
they become sullen and withdrawn like badgers; OR both.
ATTENTION IS THE COIN OF THE REALM
Celebrities didn't invent this system, in which
attention is the coin of the realm, not money,
which is, albeit important, secondary. Celebrities
are attention-capitalists who leverage attention
to acquire more attention. Pay attention!
CELEBRITIES ON THE MOON
It was the result of a mass-expulsion.
The mixture of fame, money, entitlement,
indulgence, and self-loathing sometimes
explodes like a souffle.
CELEBRITIES IN THE U.S.
They are represented to us as people we imagine
ourselves being while still being ourselves,
although they know we can never be like them,
and they know why. We know why.
I asked a tombstone for an autograph.
It refused. I offered mine. It declined.
CELEBRITIES GET TIRED OF BEING CELEBRITIES
Retired from acting, Cary Grant liked to watch
TV and eat a modest meal on a TV tray at home. Greta
Garbo did not want to be alone; she wanted
to be left alone.
CELEBRITY IS A CHRONIC ILLNESS
Society suffers from celebrity.
hans ostrom 2015