Enfant Terrible!: Jerry Lewis in American Film
The one thing everybody knows about Jerry Lewis is that he is beloved by the French, those incomprehensible hedonistic strangers across the sea. The French understand him, while in the U.S. he is at best a riddle, not one of us. Lewis is someone we take profound pleasure in excluding, if not ridiculing.
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We still live in such an age, though coolness has less to do now with personality. To look at Lewis carefully is to see one's own investment in arrogance, ...
... before it began to live. It was there I once worked in a shoe store side by side with a crew of losers, one of whom was Danny Levitch, Jerry's father.
... the daily concern with book sales and his health, the sense that our lives and careers were somehow intertwined—I can never entirely shake him.
In time I came to understand that what I endured was a mere glimpse of the sort of publicness that people like Jerry live constantly and utterly within.
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