Madonna -- A "Rebel" Criticized and Constrained?

January 6, 2015 11:27 PM

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"AS A matter of fact, the public, the public hates to 'recognize' what is familiar. It hates to be disturbed. It is shocked by surprises. The worst that can happen to a work of art is to have no fault found in it, so that its author is not obliged to take up an attitude of opposition."

That was playwright, designer, artist, filmmaker Jean Cocteau, in 1923. I found this remark, and dozens of others, in the fabulous new book Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers & Swells: The Best of Early Vanity Fair. I'll tell more about this collection of essays later in the week.

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