Saturday, January 21, 2006

Oprah and the art of Making Celebrities

What is it about Oprah Winfrey that what ever she touches turns into gold? whether it is james frey's fabricated memoir or the upcoming entry on the Holocaust in her Book club. Americans cant seem to get enough of this girl.

Elie Wiesel's first person account of the Holocaust is the next book she is discussing. Plans are afoot to capture on tape a visit to Auschwitz with the writer. it would no doubt be a brilliant video with solemn shots (and sombre music) vying for space with Oprah's characteristic tendency to introduce a little repartee to the grimmest situation.

Not everyone's impressed though. Adam Shatz questions the validity of another feel-good caricaturizing of the tragedy, and also the propriety of selecting Wiesel to do the task. I havent read Night, but Shatz says that Wiesel has since writing the book, lowered the tragic perception of the event by apologizing for the perpetrators from the vantage point of his moral authority as a "victim".


1 comment:

Jenn said...

I have read Night, and I would say I'm appropriately cynical of Oprah, but Night is hardly a "feel-good caricaturizing of the tragedy." Night gives off anything but feel good fuzzies, so I would be inclined to reconsider Shatz’s claims. (Although the moral authority topic IS pretty interesting.)