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In conversation with Steven Winn
Monday, January 23, 2006

Margo Jefferson is a critic-at-large for The New York Times. Since 1993, she has covered a wide array of cultural subjects. For her incisive and deeply thoughtful criticism, Jefferson was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1995. Her debut book, On Michael Jackson, delves into the enigma of ?The King of Pop.? Within the context of his family, career, and influence, Jefferson examines Michael Jackson?s extraordinary musical talents and the world?s fascination with his eccentricities. She peers inside life at Neverland Ranch to reflect on Jackson?s physicality ? from his elaborate costumes and androgynous voice to his plastic surgeries - and the public?s reaction to his ?monstrosity.? Looking at the musical, psychological, and physical experiences, Jefferson reflects on Jackson?s startling evolution and the current state of his celebrity. With the great insight and intelligence that she brings to all of her writing, Jefferson considers who Michael Jackson really is and what role he has played in America?s social and cultural history. Prior to joining the Times, Jefferson taught American literature, performing arts, criticism, and writing at Columbia, New York University, and the New School.

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