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Postcards from Travel Near and Far by Jia-Rui

90028, Hollywood


Michael Jackson's star on the Walk of Fame

Michael Jackson's star on the Walk of Fame

Dear ——–,

Went to see Michael Jackson’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today. It was covered in photos from his Thriller and Bad days, which is I guess how I’d like to remember him, too. (The child molestation stuff makes me sad. I guess it’s just easier to avoid thinking about that.) Just a few feet away, impersonators dressed as Elvis, Marilyn Monroe and the Joker were sidling into tourists’ pictures, hoping for a tip. Those celebrities also died unexpectedly of overdoses of painkillers, sedatives and other drugs. (OK, the official test results on MJ haven’t come out yet, but it seems like everyone suspects this.) It made me wonder, does rising to this kind of fame always lead to an enormous amount of pain? Obviously they had better access to these drugs than the average person, but were they trying to escape the fame that most people would kill to have? I’m sure Michael Jackson’s unexpected death will seal him into the pantheon of America’s greatest stars. Maybe dying young is the price of living forever.


Author: postmarkhere

I'm a journalist based in Los Angeles who has always said that writing postcards for a living would be a dream job. The posts -- short enough to fit on an actual postcard -- chronicle recent travels near and far. I could blab on about being inspired by epistolary novels, the short poems of Emily Dickinson, and the New Yorker's "Talk of the Town" pieces, but I'll just say that I'm aiming to give you a sense of flavor of a place without boring you to death. Wish you were here!

2 thoughts on “90028, Hollywood

  1. Being so far away in VA it was fun to hear about
    the local action.

    Our boys had a “Thriller” jacket and enjoyed
    dancing to the video when they were little.
    One danced and the other was a DJ- what a
    funny scene!

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