Thursday, July 5, 2007

Melly, very well done.

Nobody is going to be surprised by the death of George Melly, announced this morning (BBC obituary here).

George Melly gave enormous pleasure to so many. Not only was he a "Celebrity"*, but he deserved his iconic status.

Which is why this short entry was made to the accompaniment of Michigan Water, and with a tear of affectionate nostalgia for all that fruitiness.

* Note how Malcolm refuses to add that "celebrity" in beings lesser than the Great George means "famous for being famous". But only because this phrase is now a cliché, and in any case a misquotation of Daniel Boorstin's "The celebrity is a person who is well-known for his well-knownness". That's from The Image.

Melly lived his own dream, and made a reality of it that was larger-than-life, and appropriately approached the surreal. Sphere: Related Content

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