"WHAT KILLS A skunk is the publicity it gives itself," said Abraham Lincoln.
Well, no one has done more to praise the usually excellent reporting of Rolling Stone magazine than yours truly. But I have to bow out over their latest. The sheer excess and inexcusability of their putting Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on their cover is beyond me -- especially when they defend themselves for doing it because the killer must be "explained" to their youthful readers.
They never bother to go on and print what Tsarnaev wrote in the boat where he was finally arrested. The bomber made himself perfectly clear to all thinking people. He evoked his religion, saying his cohorts would stop killing us if we stopped killing them. I think he "explained" himself when people who knew him can't. Just another fanatic using religion as his excuse.
JOYCE DINKINS and the former Mayor of New York City, David Dinkins, are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on August 17 at Gracie Mansion on East End Avenue and 88th Street. And their invitation picturing their young selves cutting their wedding cake is so attractive.
The invite even tells you how to take the subway to this event at the charming old house where Mayors of New York usually live. The Dinkins ruled congenially over this big city from 1990-1993. David was the 106th mayor and a gifted Democrat.
I always loved these guys.
SHARKS? Raining down on American cities? What's next for movies once they have exhausted the apocalypse? (And this ridiculous idea doesn't exactly do anything to demonize further the rabid mass killing of sharks that could soon make them extinct, does it?)
If you have children, take them to see "Despicable Me 2" which recently -- and deservedly -- made box office headlines this summer. I loved the original and can't wait to see it (and the sequel as well) again.
There is a lot of fun and irony for grown-ups in No. 2, and I guess much of that goes over young heads, like the ending, where the yellow followers of the central character turn into the Village People!
TO THINK that 10 years ago, Robert Downey Jr. was cautiously edging back into the movie industry, after a long period of disastrous run-ins with the law, fueled by drug addictions. Although Hollywood revered his talent, the odds makers doubted he could stay clean and sober and recapture his career.
Robert proved them wrong. Spectacularly wrong. Today, he stands at the pinnacle. Forbes magazine estimates that Downey has pocketed about $75 million dollars in the past year. (He earned $50 million for "The Avengers" and has just signed on for the next two entries in that series. He also has the "Ironman" franchise.)
Robert is the No. 1 earner, followed by Channing Tatum (it pays to strip!) ... Hugh Jackman ... Mark Wahlberg ... Dwayne Johnson ... Leonardo DiCaprio ... Adam Sandler ... Tom Cruise ... Denzel Washington ... and Liam Neeson. (Mr. Neeson upped his profile and his paycheck when he became an action star a few years ago.)
How impressive is Robert Downey? He really got the message. Clean up your act or die. Forget Oprah. It's Robert who should be mentoring the likes of Lindsay Lohan and other train wrecks. Of course, Robert Downey is an extremely intelligent man. That helps.
TONY Lo Bianco is bringing back (again!) his acclaimed one-man show, "The Little Flower," which is about New York's legendary Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia.
There will be six more performances on August 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14 at the DiCapo Opera Theater on 76th Street between 3rd and Lexington Ave. The press release says "Come as My Guest" and includes an email RSVP to Chris at TonyLobo@aol.com.
Tony refers to this as "a labor of love," and it truly is. He's worked on it for years, and deeply believes in the man he portrays and the message of the play.
(E-mail Liz Smith at MES3838@aol.com.)