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Charlie Sheen gives the public an HIV drama, but we may be too numb to his troubles

Charlie Sheen gives the public an HIV drama, but we may be too numb to his troubles

Charlie Sheen has long been a reckless character of surreal weirdness, but his public announcement Tuesday that he is HIV positive played like a strange soliloquy inside a titillating drama that revealed as much about him and his troubles as it did our frenetic, confessional, media-saturated times.

His tie loosened, his collar open, Sheen was penitent, victim and shape-shifter in an interview with Matt Lauer on the "Today" show. He was the damaged scion for the age of reality TV, a ubiquitous celebrity whose tumble from fame into medical and legal uncertainty lighted up Twitter and flashed across YouTube with the bracing intensity of a California brush...

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