February 11, 2005

DEATH OF A COLLABORATOR (via Bryan Francoeur):

Playwright Arthur Miller dead at 89 (AP, 2/11/05)

Arthur Miller, the Pulitzer prize-winning playwright whose most famous fictional creation, Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman," came to symbolize the American Dream gone awry, has died, his assistant said Friday. He was 89.

Miller died Thursday evening, said his assistant, Julia Bolus.

His family was at his bedside, she said.

His plays, with their strong emphasis on family, morality and personal responsibility, spoke to the growing fragmentation of American society.

Mr. Miller's deeply despicable art was anti-American and sought to hasten that fragmentation in service to his Communist ideals.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 11, 2005 11:30 AM

He was the English language Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a Stalinist hack who parlayed one halfway decent piece of writing into international fame and repute all because he was a Stalinist hack.

Admittedly that is one more halfway decent piece of writing than the French Stalinist hack, Sartre, ever produced.

Posted by: Bart at February 11, 2005 11:52 AM

Say what you will about his politics, he was married, if only for a while, to Marylin Monroe.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at February 11, 2005 11:57 AM

If you like peroxide, makeup and flab that is your business.

Posted by: Bart at February 11, 2005 12:03 PM


You give him too much credit. It's all crap.

Posted by: oj at February 11, 2005 12:29 PM

Arthur was to playwrighting in the mid-20th Century what Norman Mailer was to litterature -- praised by the elites past his initial success mainly because of the political views he held, as opposed to the quality of his subesquent writing (though Lord knows "The Crucible" was a masterpiece of subtilty compaired with the anti-Reagan/Bush/conservatives in general plays that have warmed the elites' hearts in New York and London for the past 25 years).

Posted by: John at February 11, 2005 12:36 PM

Bart: Zoloft

OJ: which him?

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at February 11, 2005 12:46 PM

--If you like peroxide, makeup and flab that is your business.

Some of us resemble that remark, you know.

Posted by: Sandy P at February 11, 2005 1:31 PM

Headline: "Bolus Notes Miller's Passing." Who says there is no such thing as Providence, and God has no sense of humor.

Posted by: Luciferous at February 11, 2005 2:07 PM