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Vexingest Man Alive

by Daniel January 25, 2003
America's Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story

Back at the Calvin Klein store, one of Carolyn's regulars is apologizing for not having been in for awhile, but she wanted to make sure Carolyn was back. Carolyn's really pleased about her loyal customer and says, "Make sure you tell Calvin!" And then the so-called loyal customer wants to gossip about being married to John, despite Carolyn's saying she wants to keep her personal and professional lives separate. So the customer gets all "whatever" and flounces on out of there.

George Editor is saying she wasn't in on the long afternoon meeting at the office because she's the literary editor, but everybody knew what it was about; after a successful launch, the circulation and ad sales had gone into a steep dive. So John's looking all sleepy for some reason even though it's the middle of the afternoon, as Michael asks him what he wants to do. And this is cut in with scenes of Carolyn being harassed by photographers, to the extent that she gets knocked down, I guess. We don't actually see that; one moment she's standing, the next she's on the ground. And while John's proposing a new ad campaign, Carolyn's escaped the photographers and calling her husband on her cell phone, while fearfully looking over her shoulder like she's being stalked by Jason from Friday the 13th. John won't take the call, since this is such an important meeting (we know this because everyone keeps saying the word "important" and raising their voices). "We have got to find a way to sell this magazine!" says John, and he stomps out of there. Uh, I thought that was what the meeting was for. Where's he going?

Home, I guess, to deal with an angry wife, only he doesn't have a whole lot of patience. He says he's sorry it happened and he's glad she's okay, but she has to learn to block it out. And how annoying is it that he calls celebrity photographers "vermin" when his goal in the first place is to apply the rules of "personality journalism" to politics. Anyway, Carolyn's worried about what might happen if they have a family, and of course John is all "''if''?"

And we never see the resolution of this fight, but later John suggest to Michael that they do more fashion-oriented pieces. "Such as?" says Michael, and John pretends that he was thinking a good idea might be to have top fashion designers do makeovers of politicians, and Michael has a good laugh before realizing John's serious. "Why not?" says John, and Michael spells out for him that "it's not George" and it'll only make people more cynical about the magazine, and John should know that. So John backs off, saying it was just an idea he had, only Michael's not buying it: he badgers John into admitting that it was Carolyn's idea. John says that he and Carolyn were talking about what direction the magazine should be taking, which upsets Michael, and I think, justifiably so. He says that Carolyn's good at getting designers to advertise, but that editorial content is a discussion for Michael and John. "Carolyn doesn't know what she's talking about!" spits Michael. Okay, not what you ought to say about your best friend's wife, even if the evidence -- politician makeovers? -- indicates that you're right. Michael goes stomping on out of there and John follows, and the fight escalates into John slamming Michael up against the wall. "Who's your partner, pal, who?" says Michael, before stomping off again. George Editor tells us that "three months later, their partnership, and their seventeen-year friendship, was over."

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Vexingest Man Alive

by Daniel January 25, 2003
America's Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story

Back at the Calvin Klein store, one of Carolyn's regulars is apologizing for not having been in for awhile, but she wanted to make sure Carolyn was back. Carolyn's really pleased about her loyal customer and says, "Make sure you tell Calvin!" And then the so-called loyal customer wants to gossip about being married to John, despite Carolyn's saying she wants to keep her personal and professional lives separate. So the customer gets all "whatever" and flounces on out of there.

George Editor is saying she wasn't in on the long afternoon meeting at the office because she's the literary editor, but everybody knew what it was about; after a successful launch, the circulation and ad sales had gone into a steep dive. So John's looking all sleepy for some reason even though it's the middle of the afternoon, as Michael asks him what he wants to do. And this is cut in with scenes of Carolyn being harassed by photographers, to the extent that she gets knocked down, I guess. We don't actually see that; one moment she's standing, the next she's on the ground. And while John's proposing a new ad campaign, Carolyn's escaped the photographers and calling her husband on her cell phone, while fearfully looking over her shoulder like she's being stalked by Jason from Friday the 13th. John won't take the call, since this is such an important meeting (we know this because everyone keeps saying the word "important" and raising their voices). "We have got to find a way to sell this magazine!" says John, and he stomps out of there. Uh, I thought that was what the meeting was for. Where's he going?

Home, I guess, to deal with an angry wife, only he doesn't have a whole lot of patience. He says he's sorry it happened and he's glad she's okay, but she has to learn to block it out. And how annoying is it that he calls celebrity photographers "vermin" when his goal in the first place is to apply the rules of "personality journalism" to politics. Anyway, Carolyn's worried about what might happen if they have a family, and of course John is all "''if''?"

And we never see the resolution of this fight, but later John suggest to Michael that they do more fashion-oriented pieces. "Such as?" says Michael, and John pretends that he was thinking a good idea might be to have top fashion designers do makeovers of politicians, and Michael has a good laugh before realizing John's serious. "Why not?" says John, and Michael spells out for him that "it's not George" and it'll only make people more cynical about the magazine, and John should know that. So John backs off, saying it was just an idea he had, only Michael's not buying it: he badgers John into admitting that it was Carolyn's idea. John says that he and Carolyn were talking about what direction the magazine should be taking, which upsets Michael, and I think, justifiably so. He says that Carolyn's good at getting designers to advertise, but that editorial content is a discussion for Michael and John. "Carolyn doesn't know what she's talking about!" spits Michael. Okay, not what you ought to say about your best friend's wife, even if the evidence -- politician makeovers? -- indicates that you're right. Michael goes stomping on out of there and John follows, and the fight escalates into John slamming Michael up against the wall. "Who's your partner, pal, who?" says Michael, before stomping off again. George Editor tells us that "three months later, their partnership, and their seventeen-year friendship, was over."

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