On Michael J and “Man in the Mirror”

Self coming belatedly to Michael J, again (and by the way have you heard about John Hughes? Iconic film-maker of the 80’s? Who gave us the Brat Pack? Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Anthony Michael Hall, Andrew McCarthy, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Molly Ringwald? Apologies, dear blog readers, but Summer of 2009 is turning out to be full of such unexpected and mournful notes).

Friday, after she’d nudged her clunker a mile to the CVS Pharmacy to pick up a prescription, just as she was pulling (safely, thank God) into the parking spot, “Man in the Mirror” came on the radio. And damn if self didn’t just lower her head to the steering wheel and feel like bawling like a baby.

Of course she’s heard all the tawdry news: how one of the paramedics called to the house described finding an elderly man, severely underweight, “with no nose.” How the godfather of the Jackson kids is claiming he is the real father of the kids.

You know, none of that really matters. All that matters is: You hear a Michael Jackson song, and you realize how beautiful it is.

Eavesdropping: Open Salon

Scrolling down the list of assembled posts on Open Salon this morning, self finds the following: news of the mid-air collision of a tourist helicopter and a small Cessna over the Hudson; several “what John Hughes meant to me” pieces; 15 Ways to continue exercising caution in the current economic environment; a (good) review of “G. I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” and a piece about a young German soldier, assigned to guard the “Anti-Fascist Defensive Wall” in Berlin.

Here’s a quote from the post:

“Come on over, come on over!” the West Berlin crowd on Bernauer Strasse chanted. “He’s going to jump!” one passerby remarked. And at four p.m. on August 15, 1961, Leibing got lucky. Schumann tossed aside his cigarette, then turned and ran for the coil of barbed wire that marked the boundary between East and West. He jumped, flinging away his gun as he flew, and Leibing clicked the shutter.

The sequel was not all happiness and light for that young soldier, but the photograph Leibing took of his moment of decision lives Read the rest of this entry »

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