More Michael Jackson Links

I’ve been trying all day to avoid doing another Michael Jackson post. I’m not exactly sure why, since the site is about what our authors are geeking out about at any given moment, and right now I’m geeking out about Michael, but I’ve been trying not to do it. But I’ve been listening to MJ tunes all day, and collecting links all day, and I just have to share.

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Andrew Sullivan at The Atlantic has the best written tribute I’ve yet seen. He writes:

He was everything our culture worships; and yet he was obviously desperately unhappy, tortured, afraid and alone.

I grieve for him; but I also grieve for the culture that created and destroyed him. That culture is ours’ and it is a lethal and brutal one: with fame and celebrity as its core values, with money as its sole motive, it chewed this child up and spat him out.

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The Drunken Misanthrope has a piece of a different kind, one about losing the symbols of your youth, a message that is extra-poignant when you consider that yesterday we also lost Farrah Fawcett:

...remembering all this weird, archaic, pleasant stuff from my childhood, I actually started to tear up. Not for Michael Jackson, of course, but for myself. When the symbols and icons of your youth die, it’s like shutting the door to a room you wish you could go back into.

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Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls played “Billie Jean” at a concert last night, in tribute to Michael, and The Music Slut has video (albeit pretty crappy video). [UPDATE (07/02/2009): Here is a better video.]

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Jason Kottke includes video of Michael’s 1995 MTV Music Awards performance in his post, calling it his favorite Michael Jackson performance.

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And, lastly, Boston.com has an interesting piece on how the New England Patriots owe their three Superbowl Championships, in part, to Michael.