Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Napoleon Unplugged

Napoleon I lived with great gusto. The man was brilliant at political theater and military strategy. He had as many girlfriends and wives as a 1970s rock star, to boot. In the end, though, personal and imperial overeach led to defeat: guerrilla insurgencies in occupied Spain and Russia, wars of attrition, overdependence on loyalty. The painting above by Hippolyte Delaroche captures the emperor's mood after abdicating. Unlike our present bungling leaders, he had the decency and sense to go into exile -- twice. If only we were half so lucky now.

What ever happened to Lisa Bonet? Her high tide came in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Unlike Napoleon, she did make the cover of Rolling Stone.

Sherilyn Fenn of Detroit. Her imperial breakthrough came with Twin Peaks (1990-1991). She made the cover of Rolling Stone, too. Suzi Quatro, her aunt, hails from Detroit as well. Ms. Quatro is reportedly ready to return from self-imposed exile. Let's hope she avoids a personal Waterloo with the new album. If you knew Suzi . . .

Today's Rune: Breakthrough.

Birthdays: Hippolyte Delaroche, James Cagney, Art Linkletter, Phyllis Diller, Woodrow Wilson "Red" Sovine, Diahann Carroll, Donald Sutherland, Ali Khamenei, Ron Asheton (Stooges), Phoebe Snow, Cécile de France.

That's all right, I still got my guitar / watch out, now . . .


Johnny Yen said...

Lisa Bonet had a nice roll in Hi Fidelity, as a singer-- I actually liked Frampton's "Baby I Love Your Way" after hearing her sing it.

the walking man said...

This entire present administration needs to be exiled to the Hague and be tried for war crimes, but of course for the right amount of funding the world court they have themselves exempted from ever being put on trial there.

Maybe Napoleon at least had a sense of honor of which these dogs have no knowledge of.

Bonet still shows up once in awhile but why bother to work especially if she got a few points on the selling of the seres for the Cosby show, hell she will be getting checks for a long time yet.