The Daily Telegraph's radio critic Gillian Reynolds has written one of the most eloquent pieces on Morrissey I've ever read and sums up why I still kneel at his altar:
You can't always like or approve of him yet he commands admiration. His songs may sometimes make you blush but, more often, flinch through their lack of compromise.
He lives in Rome now, wears "exquisite suits and lovely socks", but is still writing lyrics that hit the heart because they are about secret thoughts – identity, disability, nationality, scorn for the culture of celebrity, despair. He explores issues politicians avoid, says things poets don't dare.
In other news:
- Man, The Daily Mail REALLY hates Kate Moss. Reviewing her Topshop launch, Liz Jones says, "The real Kate in the window on Monday bore no relation to her billboard self. The clothes we were all scrabbling over bore no relation to what I saw her wearing in Vogue. It was all a clever marketing trick, persuading us that what we need in our lives is a piece of someone else, not anything of substance or quality or lasting value."
- The Guardian's Jonathan Jones praises Annie Leibovitz's portrait of The Queen in his blog. "There's a depth and a nuance to this image, a humanity. Within its richness is a simple accuracy. It's a real work of art." It's funny, though, how much Helen Mirren's portrayal has truly eclipsed the real HRH: most of the readers on the Guardian blog thought it was the Oscar-winning actress in the photograph.
- Other critics aren't as effusive over Leibovitz's work. (Reuters)
- Director Terence Davies discusses 1961's Victim, a pioneering British film about homosexuality starring Dirk Bogarde. "It was extremely brave to make the film at a time when homosexuality was still a criminal offence. Changing the law took another six years. But I think Victim helped: it was part of a general move towards being more liberal." (Telegraph)
- OK! has won an important court ruling over Hello! regarding an exclusive contract OK! had to publish Catherine Zeta-Jones' wedding portraits. (BBC)