Honestly can I proclaim this post complete shite?
As for the 'not getting Morrissey' anymore part, may I be allowed to quote directly from the 'Sing Your Life' fanzine that David co-published back in 1993.
"And a message to those who want to but haven't had the opportunity to meet Morrissey: as he himself said, ......sometimes it's better to cherish your illusions about people you admire than it is to meet them."
Now that little nugget was written some 18 years ago. I would say David has been acutely aware of the 'limitations' of Morrissey's personality for some time now. I would also attest that it shows David has been more than capable of seperating the artist from the art pretty much right from the get go.
I've been a fan since I was 13 back in 1986 and I have to say that with each album and the public pronoucements that precede and follow it the veneer and mystique of Morrissey crumbles slightly more each time. Do I still have enormous respect for the man? Yes undoubtedly, but by no means do I follow him blindly. There seems to be a segmentation of fans that believe that because he once wrote "it's so easy to laugh it's so easy to hate, it takes guts to be gentle and kind" means he can do no wrong. And to criticize Morrissey is in some way to disavow your loyalty to him.
If that's your point of view then so be it. I guess you would say I don't 'get him anymore.'
But then again I'm not sure I want to.
but the point you are missing is under your nose "cherish your illusions" was the advice - not all of us have "illusions" - you're illusions were (or are) your own projections and they are individual to you - after all none of us know the real Morrissey - even those that have met him
the 'limitations' you see are not evident to all of us because they are not there, they are shaped by your illusions, - you all sound like children mad at the world because you dropped your icecream - get over it
I can and do critize Morrissey but i also do feel the need to be loyal as a fan i am not ashamed of that