Thursday, May 24, 2018

Get Happy?

As a gay person, I've been told for the past 30 years that I should love Judy Garland much more than I do. In truth, I don't like her very much at all. Her life story is shitty; I've never read an interesting word out of her mouth; I hate the "look at me trying so hard/LOVE ME" schtick. (She's technically a very good singer, but then so are Barbra Streisand and Mariah Carey --- they also bore me.)

Trying to get over my Judy-anemia, I recently ordered the "Get Happy" bio by Gerald Clarke, whose bio of Capote I really liked, and then the Carnegie Hall album (said by all online to be a classic) plus a 4-CD set. The book, I got a couple of weeks ago and read in a day: At the end of it, I didn't care one whit for Judy Garland! I didn't feel a thing for her. Other than my usual, since learning of her in my teens: "What a sloppy, depressing mess." The CDs haven't arrived yet ---maybe Carnegie Hall will lead to my Great Awakening...

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