Simon Cowell is an artist?
Just to get my back up of a Friday, I’ve been checking out the 2010 Time magazine list of the 100 people “who most affect our world.” And among the 25 artists carefully selected is the artist currently known as Simon Cowell. He of the art. Not trying to be all high-browy about this, but if Simon Cowell is an artist then hells bells, we all deserve inclusion. Granted, he “affects our world”, whether we like it or not, but artist? I’ll even allow Conan O’Brien entry on the list based on his comedian credentials, but Cowell’s inclusion is taking this definition a leeetle too far. All I’m saying is if he moves to West Cork and gets a tax exemption, I’m outta here. Bertie’s artist exemption was bad enough, but adding Cowell to the list would put me over the edge, is all I’m saying.
Anyway, also the list are Lady Gaga, Kathryn Bigelow, Oprah Winfrey (surprise!), Robert Pattinson, Ashton Kutcher, Neil Patrick Harris (a.k.a. Doogie Howser), one of the actors from Glee, the guys who wrote Lost and Sandra Bullock. Writers at least get a look-in, if you count the guys who wrote Lost, and Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins, authors of the online comic strip Penny Arcade. Chetan Bhagat is there, alright, alongside Han Han, now best known for his blog. But Banksy’s on his own as far as the visual arts go. Sure, the list is qualified as being the people who most affect “our life”, our being Time magazine staff, presumably, or Americans, or some royal “our” of Time/CNN-ness that encompasses everyone who reads the one or watches the other. For the rest of us, however, the list might look a little different. So if I tell you you can all pick ONE artist for “our” list, “our” in this case referring to Pursued By A Bear readers, who would you include? I’m gonna go out on a limb myself and say Malcolm Gladwell. HAHA! Just kidding, as they’d say in Time magazine! I’m really tossing around names like Jeffrey Eugenides, Sufjan Stevens, Kelly Reichardt, Jonathan Safran-Foer, Lenny Abrahamson, and Will Oldham, but right now, I’m going to say Marilynne Robinson. Over to you . . .