Saturday, July 4, 2009
Kelefa Sanneh on MJ
Not quite as sad as the loss of Michael Jackson (even before he died) was Kelefa Sanneh's recent departure from the New York Times, where he was a pop music critic. He's now a staff writer at the New Yorker; I guess he was a little too amazing to focus only on music, but I still miss his recommendations.
Last week, Sanneh wrote a short tribute to MJ. You can tell it's by the same guy who came to the defense of Ashlee Simpson after her lip-syncing debacle on SNL. He sees the flaws, he doesn't condescend to Michael by calling him a hero, but he also reminds us that there are certain things you can't take away from him.