SITUATION TRAGEDY

ENNIS COSBY'S MURDER VIOLATES THE COZY BARRIER BETWEEN SITCOM AND REALITY

For so long the source of American onscreen drama, Los Angeles has lately become the stage for the nation's most gripping real-life dramas as well. The sort of narratives that Hollywood studios, in their quest for blockbuster profits, have almost abandoned--complex moral tales of actual human beings facing the ultimate issues of love and loss, rage and separation--have moved from the sound stages onto the streets. Beginning with the taped beating of Rodney King in 1991 (by far the most important footage to come out of L.A.'s image factory that year) and continuing through the O.J. Simpson trials and all their...

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