Friday, June 26, 2009

On Michael Jackson

I have mostly steered clear of Michael Jackson coverage, particularly on TV -- last night, I watched the NBA Draft instead. I already mentioned that the first concert I ever went to was "Victory."

I was 9 when the "Thriller" album came out, and I probably don't fully grasp the way it ingrained on my cultural DNA, except to note that really really really big things that happen when you are 9 or 10 or 11 tend to leave an impact.

Is it the greatest album ever? Maybe. I'm biased because of who/where/when I was when it came out. Is Jackson the greatest pop star of all time? Maybe. It is impossible to personally remember the mid-80s and reconcile that with what Jackson had become over the last 20 years.

I don't have a point, except that I found this post by Joe Posnanski and this post by Andrew Sullivan -- which couldn't be more different, by the way -- to be among the best analysis out there.

-- D.S.

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