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Digital Subscriptions > Quill & Quire > NOVEMBER 2016 > People are people

People are people

In her debut work of fiction, Marni Jackson examines the cult of celebrity


Don’t I Know You?

Marni Jackson

Flatiron Books/Raincoast

WHILE THE pop-culture imprint of the music video for Kanye West’s “Famous” was less indelible than its creator expected, the clip’s basic thesis holds up: “Celebrities – they’re just like us!” The floating, Lost Highway–like camera that hovers above the face-down wax museum dummies of Mr. and Mrs. Yeezy and their (in)famous friends is meant to represent the public eye, probing and yearning for similar proximity to greatness; the twist is that, in their unconscious state, the revellers are unaware of being watched. Say what you will about Kanye’s decision to include a prefabricated double for Taylor Swift in his makeshift squad, it’s the most serenely peaceful public appearance of her career to date.

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