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Monday, June 19, 2006

FAME: Is It Any Wonder I Reject You First

Rock Brenner in his book about his father Yul writes:

"For all but a few well-grounded individuals, stardom produces an artificial and unbalanced relationship with the rest of humanity. Psychologically, the relentless attention of complete strangers is abnormal, and gradually induces a state of perpetual self-consciousness - not self-awareness, but self-centeredness.

It is not surprising that stars feel entitled to exceptional treatment when privilege is constantly reinforced by acquaintances and strangers alike, and stardom seems to overrule civil conventions. In the midst of such exceptionalism, the golden rule is easily suspended."

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