Varifrank diagnoses Michael Jackson as having Howard's Curse.
It's an excellent essay on something I've long thought about Jackson: there are immense dangers in living in a world that is unchecked by reality. Michael Jackson is a pitiful and pitiable character because he had enough money to shut out the demons of the outside world. As Varifrank points out so well, though, he's found there are plenty of demons left in the fantasy world he so carefully constructed.
I disagree with Varifrank on one small point, though. He doesn't understand how people can feel anything but disgust for Michael Jackson. I think pity is also an appropriate reaction--pathos
in the ancient sense, a sad revolted compassion for a warped figure who's been done in by the fulfillment of his dreams.