Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Is it worthwhile?

… Fame - Joseph Epstein, Commentary Magazine. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

I am not often recognized and have never come close to being hounded. I am mildly pleased on the rare occasions when I am. The other day in my local Whole Foods, a woman in the checkout line in front of me said, “I know who you are,” though nothing more. When I am recognized, I often respond by saying, “Damn, I guess this disguise didn’t work.”

Like the English comedian Spike Milligan, I would like to have had the chance to prove that great wealth would not corrupt me. But fame? I pretty much don't see its appeal. I also don’t find today’s celebrities very interesting. Cary Grant seemed interesting. Leonardo DiCaprio? Not so much.

1 comment:

  1. Hmm.

    I believe that one of my college roommates had a book of Epstein's about divorce, published ca. 1975. I thought what I read of it depressing, and am pleased to hear that he has been living with a beautiful woman these forty years.