Show Business: Those Marvelous Muppets

How Kermit, Miss Piggy & Co. captivate 235 million people a week

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Kermit is alive and well, and Charlie and Mortimer were, after all, only puppets. If the world were a wholly rational place, their claims on it would be small. But the fact is they do make claims, and strong ones. Kermit, rueful and dithered frees a part of our own natures so absurd and defenseless that we would never let a human actor hold it in his hands. This freedom is wonderful, but there is a price What these puppets mean to the millions of people who have watched them is al most embarrassing to express, because the feeling they evoke is nothing less than love . — John Skow

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