She was once labelled "the most upwardly mobile Greek since Icarus". That poor boy came crashing down to earth but Arianna Huffington is still flying high. No sneaking under the radar for this supercelebrity author and columnist who thrives on publicity. And she has been getting scads of it since she launched The Huffington Post on May 9. Huffington claimed eight million hits on the first day. That was inevitable given the heavy hitters at play.
The Huffington Post is a superstar blog where only celebrities get to blog. I saw entries by dramatist David Mamet, director Rob Reiner, musician Quincy Jones, TV legend Walter Cronkite, former US presidential candidate Gary Hart, former California governor Jerry Brown, former Times editor Harold (Harry now) Evans and his glitzy wife Tina Brown.
But you can’t always expect stars to shine on screen — or in print. Mamet’s post today on fired drama critic John Simon was a model of brevity — just two sentences. Quincy Jones, giving his opinion of Michael Jackson, unintentionally clinched the argument why he should be heard, not read. Cronkite did not get flattering reviews either from bloggers better qualified than me. But just because the stars didn’t shine doesn’t mean we will stop looking for them: the Huffington Post will continue to be watched like the weather report and astrology columns.