A NASTY FAUSTIAN BARGAIN

FAME OFFERS DELIGHTS AND BURDENS, BOREDOM AND--ESPECIALLY--MENACE

The tale came to a close in one of those rituals of shared planetary theater: a joining of tragedy and gossip in universal soap opera. But whatever emotional residue lingered as the world dried its eyes, two slightly hard-edged questions presented themselves in another part of the brain. The questions were not necessarily unkind. They were churned up by the undercurrent of sadness and disgust and fatalism that ran through one's thoughts on hearing the news from Paris that night, and in the days that followed.

The first question was this: Why on earth would anyone want to be famous, especially...

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