Friday, June 06, 2003

There has been no shortage of jokes about Barry Manilow's broken nose (of the now's-his-chance-to-get-a-nose-job variety). But the story "Barry, don't do it!" from the Guardian is a must-read. Comments on a possible nose job for Mr. Manilow were solicited from a sculptor, a structural engineer, an architect, an aerodynamics expert, and others. Here's a taste, from art critic Adrian Searle (and it's all this good):

I feel as if the Taliban just decapitated another Buddhist statue, that some Japanese tycoon wants his beloved Van Gogh cremated along with his corpse. The suggestion that the Manilow nose may be in any way altered, diminished, relined or consolidated without awaiting a full conservation report is a cause for great cultural concern.

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