Once in a while, it’s refreshing to forgo the strife of politics and current events and take a plunge into silliness. My erstwhile colleague on the editorial page, the estimable Nicole Brochu, recently wrote a Page One piece in her new capacity as feature writer about the tenth anniversary of Botox Cosmetic’s approval by the FDA as a wrinkle remover (as you can see, her career has taken a turn for the better).
While most of us tend to view April 15th in a more negative light, it’s important to remember the significance of this day in terms of the collective smoothing over of the facial topography of this great land. Or, at least, to mark the moment when TV talking heads’ eyebrows first became immobilized.
I’m a wrinkle fan, myself. Every wrinkle tells a story. To erase a wrinkle is to make more threadbare the rich tapestry of history. Maybe someday, people will learn how foolish it is to equate youth with beauty. In the meantime, Happy Anniversary.
Self-promotional note: I’ll be delivering a lecture at the Wold Performing Arts Center on the campus of Lynn University in Boca Raton at 11 am on Tuesday, April 24. This is part of the program leading up to the presidential debate there in October. I plan to talk about my craft, share some of my favorite cartoons, and discuss aspects of the 2012 campaign. It’s open to the public, and admission is free. Tickets (which are necessary) can be obtained at sunsentinel.com/chandraws. I would love to see a few readers of this blog at the event.