Cousin Michael and I traded emails about Anna Nicole Smith last night. Michael, not as attuned to pop culture, wondered what makes this such a big story?

I offered, she was this generation’s Marilyn Monroe, though Michael answered:

No, Monroe was really an artist; she could really act. Also, Monroe was really beautiful. And Monroe was an original, not a cheap imitation. Finally, Monroe’s paramours were John F.Kennedy, Arthur Miller, and Joe DiMaggio, not an assortment of nobody slimebags and sleazeballs.

Without going through our whole philosophical discussion, Michael left me with this quote, from Karl Marx. Marx wouldn’t normally be my ‘go to’ guy for attribution, but this really is timeless and amazingly insightful.

History repeats itself : “the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.”

Ain’t it the truth.