america’s last monarch, RIP

a president and his king.

a president and his king.

i subscribe to Harper’s because it’s the perfect pooping companion. to all my folks who spend inordinate amounts of time droppin’ science (PHATLIP, i SEE you!) i do highly recommend you befriend a neighborhood middle-schooler and thumb diligently through his fund-drive catalog this fall – a good magazine is essential to a satisfactory bowel movement.

Harper’s is the type of periodical you can devote minutes to; or hours; or days (we’re not talking one continuous BM now, mind you). as those who have been to the cabin know, i often keep issues around for months and months, so that they may ably serve others as they have served me. i appreciate revisiting the old, tattered and creased ones, and i never grow tired of the quarter-page snippets no matter how many times i reread them.

june’s issue, still relatively unworn, sat neatly atop the stack this evening, open to a page i’d chosen days ago, intent on diving headlong into an excerpt from a novel by barry hannah. in a clumsy fumble whilst reaching for an extra roll of toilet paper i dropped the magazine and discovered this:

from the june 2009 issue, which i received nearly 5 weeks ago; pg 6

foreword by Harper’s

A letter from Ronald Reagan to Michael Jackson, dated February 1, 1984, five days after the singer’s hair was set afire by pyrotechnics during the filming of a Pepsi commercial. The letter was among belongings Jackson offered for sale at auction in April in an attempt to pay off an estimated $24 million in debts…

Dear Micheal,

I was pleased to learn that you were not seriously hurt in your recent accident. I know from experience that these things can happen on the set – no matter how much caution is exercised. All over America, millions of people look up to you as an example. Your deep faith in God and adherence to traditional values are an inspiration to all of us, especially young people searching for something real to believe in. You’ve gained quite a number of fans along the road since “I Want You Back,” and Nancy and I are among them. Keep up the good work, Michael. We’re very happy for you.

Sincerely,

Ronald Reagan