I won’t pull a quote from the article, because you should really read the whole thing. Any article with references to Tolstoy and Newt Gingrich while calling Anna Nicole Smith a modern courtesan is just something that everyone should read.
I’m not sure what the author, Philip Kennicott, was trying to do with the article. Perhaps it was subtle satire of of our star-obsessed culture. Perhaps he hoped to educate us on the ridiculousness of putting people like Anna Nicole on a pedestal. Perhaps he was really, really high. I don’t know. All I know is that the article made me laugh.