Professor Narcissus

Himmelfarb, Gertrude. "Professor Narcissus." The Weekly Standard, June 2, 1997.


Not so long ago, it was TV talk shows that were being excoriated for their wanton exhibitionism as they competed for the honor of producing the most brazen or degrading revelation of the month. The award surely goes to the show (never aired but highly publicized) where one man confessed to being a ” secret admirer” of another and was then murdered by the unsuspecting object of his affections. The victim, a “talk-show freak,” as he described himself, received a fitting eulogy from a friend: “Scott had a troubled life, and all I can think now is that he’s got to be happy. He’s probably looking down and saying, “I knew I’d make it on TV.'”


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