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A star flames out

Nothing quite brings home the utter and complete sadness of Michael Jackson’s life like the audiotape of a phonecall in which the massively drugged-out performer slurs his fantasies about being the greatest performer in the world and building a children’s hospital. Anybody who dreams of pushing their children into show business ought to listen to this pitiful thing, which was played today in the Los Angeles trial of his doctor.

I would rather my children become ditch-diggers than pop stars. Seriously, I mean that.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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