It was the most awkward Roger Mudd-moment since Edward Kennedy was ambushed by the CBS newsman in 1979. Wednesday, Kanye West was thunderstruck when Matt Lauer deer-in-the-headlighted the ego-enhanced star on the Today Show.
West groped in the interview where he apologized for saying that “Bush doesn’t care about black people” line, with an agonizing, “I would tell George Bush: In my moment of frustration, I didn’t have the grounds to call him a racist.”
But it was when Lauer brought up the Taylor Swift incident at the VMA, as the painful video filled the screen did West feel that he’d been had. This was, after all, the moment of his decline from media darling, where even President Obama had called West a “jackass.”
West finally found his voice on Twitter the day after the Today debacle. “HE TRIED TO FORCE MY ANSWERS. IT WAS VERY BRUTAL AND I CAME THERE WITH ONLY POSITIVE INTENT,” West wrote in stream-of-consciousness while perhaps not re-reading, then continued in lowercase with “… I feel very alone very used very tortured very forced very misunderstood very hollow very very misused … I don’t trust anyone but myself! Everyone has an agenda. I don’t do press anymore. I can’t be everything to everybody anymore … I can’t be everybody’s hero and villain savior and sinner Christian and anti Christ! … I can’t take anymore advice!!! I create, I’m creative, I have a good heart, everyone will see and understand one day.”
It would be instructive to hear what Dr. Freud thinks about it all.
Author Alix Strauss has taken pains to insure that her book, Death Becomes Them, isn’t just your average celeb suicide chronicle.
As a matter of fact, Strauss kicks off her stories in the throws of the deed, but then analyzes all the moves leading up to that point.
The notable deaths range from writers Virginia Woolf and Ernest Hemingway to rocker Kurt Cobain and the father of modern psychiatry, Sigmund Freud. All troubled, some less silent about their suicidal intentions.
Still, Strauss has produced a more detailed account and takes pride in delivering precisely what has been lacking in other narratives.
Plus, it’s a bloody-good read.
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Death Becomes Them just landed on store shelves today.