Baseball Crank
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February 1, 2005
POP CULTURE: Carson and Schulz

Just catching up on the Johnny Carson obits - David Edelstein argues that Carson is miscast by recalling him as gentle and genial, when his best work (especially in the 60s and 70s) was sharp-edged comedy and unsympathetic interviews with guests. In a way, this reminds me of similar arguments about another droll Midwestern cultural icon, Charles Schulz (see this Jonathan Franzen tribute in the New Yorker) - like Carson, Schulz's best work was often dark and sarcastic, yet by the end of his long career Schulz was remembered more as a wholesome and genial entertainer.

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