first, the times wrote a long sunday piece on may 7th about blaine and did
a television review on the 9th, all before our supposed wink-off of blaine
on the 10th.

second, i like stunts and magic. i just don’t embrace faux crises when we
have enough real ones. i don’t like professional sufferers with christ
complexes. i measure bravery a little differently. and, lastly, i suggest
this faux drama — gee, i hope his liver is all right! — was a
distraction, even a welcome one, from realities beyond lincoln center, like
war and murder.