Arizona restaurateur Amy Bouzaglo became an instant internet celebrity last month after demonstrating an impressively short temper on a reality TV show that helps reform struggling businesses. The episode of Kitchen Nightmares drew more than a million viewers on YouTube, and Bouzaglo’s vitriolic rants became popular fodder on Twitter and Facebook.
Be careful of strangers and hurry home, says a mother to her daughter, knowing that the world is a frightful place but not wishing to swaddle a child in fear. Girls grow up scarred by caution and enter adulthood eager to shake free of their parents’ worst nightmares.
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On a bright September afternoon last week, the mothers of Chicago’s South Side brought their children to a vigil for a dead boy they had never met. They wanted their kids to see the scrawny corpse in the loose tan suit lying in a coffin, next to his stuffed animals, finally harmless
One function of celebrity is to alert the rest of us to hard truths, to teach us the lessons of love and grief.