Tuesday, March 11, 2008

America's Chinese opera

This occurred to me today, and I am deeply convinced of it: the synchronized swimming of Esther Williams, as immortalized in films such as the 1952 Million Dollar Mermaid, represents one of the greatest fruits of American civilization, and certainly does not get the attention it deserves. Heck, this is the American version of Chinese opera, high culture achieved at great sacrifice. What kind of sacrifice? Esther Williams broke her neck after a 50-foot dive for Million Dollar Mermaid, an injury that scarred her for life. I want everyone to immediately stop what they are doing and pay a moment of respect to the great Esther Williams.


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