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Prospect's resident philosopher explores the meaning of Michael Jackson, as seen in the light of Sartre

Everyone has been trying to understand Michael Jackson’s death this summer. While medics are still picking at his slender carcass, cultural pundits squabble like vultures over his reputation. Should he be remembered as a great singer, a possible paedophile, an emblematic black artist who tried to bleach his face white, the Fred Astaire of the 1980s, the first to master the MTV pop video, “Wacko Jacko” or a troubled victim of a domineering father? His difficult journey from unhappy childhood, to weird quasi-adulthood has been told and re-told ad nauseam across the world.

Yet Jackson’s current predicament is an extreme…

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