Uh, NO, Bryan, that is not what I would write, nor does that have anything to do with what I posted. Please don't make assumptions about why people may be leery of this book. It's NOT a question of us not wanting to face facts about Doris the woman. It's that NO ONE except the person themselves should be revealing certain highly personal facts. That is not the place for a third party, biographer or not. Doris' professional life is open for any biographer to write about. Her personal life is another matter.bryan wrote:It's good to know this book won't deal with deeply personal things or make "revelations" that are not a third party's place to do.
Emmm.. I didn't actually say that, John! I don't know what is in the book - apart from a few pointers I've mentioned.
You've substituted 'biographer' for 'third party', which is interesting! I've just looked up the meaning of 'biographer', which is defined simply as "someone who writes an account of another person's life". And came across the word 'hagiographer', - the author of a worshipful or idealizing biography, which probably most of us here would write.
I hope the misinformation and assumptions about why people may not be 100% supportive of this book will not AGAIN rear their ugly heads. Last time, we were accused of either wanting to paint Doris as a saint, or we were jealous of the relationship the author had with Doris, or were afraid Doris will be hurt. The critics of us "book bashers" never talked about the truth: an individual human right to privacy, even for a celebrity.
Whoever Doris slept with is irrelevent to her talent and legacy. It has ZERO to do with why she was a great singer and awesome comedienne. People simply want to know it, and feel they are entitled to have that information about her. I understand that. But to include it (possibly) in a book to help people "understand" the celebrity is spurious at best. It has no relevance. None of us had that info when we first discovered Doris' remarkable talents, and the info isn't needed now. I have yet to meet someone who said to me: "I don't know if I like or understand Doris' performance until I find out what kind of sex life she had. Then I'll understand her and know whether I like the way she sang that song or not." What we like or dislike about Doris is all there in the work. Nothing else matters. And we're not "entitled" to it, even if it did.
I am hopeful that DK gets it, but it is a cautious optimism. I'd hate to think that certain elements in her life were being "pimped out" to make her look "cooler" in the 21st century.