Tuesday, January 15, 2008

When worlds collide

Two fascinating articles in the New York Times arts section today: an interview with Stephin Merritt (who talks, among other things, about why he dresses all in brown) and a report on rappers suspected of taking human growth hormone and steroids (in hip-hop, "Your body is your brand and you’ve got to maintain that image").

Of course both articles are about the way an artist's visual aesthetics and style make up a personal brand. Still, how fun if there had been an edit mix up: Stephin Merritt is mentioned in steroid scandal, vitamin-water endorsement in danger! Timbaland dresses in khakis and brings Henry James book to parties!

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