died of a heart attack
today. He was 50. Volumes have been written about Jackson's music, his bizarre personal life, and his legal troubles. Here's a selection of
's coverage of the King of Pop over the years:
Seth Stevenson filed two dispatches from Jackson's 2005 sexual-abuse trial. Click here to read Part 1; click here for Part 2. During that same trial, Jacob Weisberg didn't believe Jackson was a pedophile, and Dahlia Lithwick wondered whether the threat of imprisonment would make Jackson stop acting like such a freak . Pulitzer Prize-winner Margo Jefferson and Slate music critic Jody Rosen discussed M.J. as a cultural object and a troubled human being . Seth Stevenson charted the evolution of the star's persona by examining his greatest music videos .
TODAY IN SLATE
The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola
The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.
I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.
Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.
Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore
And schools are getting worried.
Two Damn Good, Very Different Movies About Soldiers Returning From War
Lifetime Didn’t Think the Steubenville Rape Case Was Dramatic Enough
So they added a little self-immolation.
Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem
Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology.