COMEUPPANCE: Spitzer Agonistes

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[Illustration by ALEX FINE]

“I am deeply sorry that I did not live up to what was expected of me,” he continued. “To every New Yorker and to all of those who believed in what I tried to stand for, I sincerely apologize. I look back on my time as governor with a sense of what might have been.”

“There is much more to be done and I cannot allow my private failings to disrupt the people’s work,” he said, adding that in his public life he has insisted “people — regardless of their position or power — take responsibility for their conduct.”

“I can and will ask no less of myself,” Spitzer said. “For this reason, I am resigning from the office of governor.” MORE

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REVEALED: ‘Kristen’ Is Ashley Alexandra Dupré

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MYSPACE: I am all about my music, and my music is all about me… It flows from what I’ve been through, what I’ve seen and how I feel. I live in New York and am on top of the world. Been here since 2004 and I love this city, I love my life here. But, my path has not been easy. When I was 17, I left home. It was my decision and I’ve never looked back. Left my hometown. Left a broken family. Left abuse. Left an older brother who had already split. Left and learned what it was like to have everything, and lose it, again and again. Learned what it was like to wake up one day and have the people you care about most gone. I have been alone. I have abused drugs. I have been broke and homeless. But, I survived, on my own. I am here, in NY because of my music.…I hope you like it. MORE

samson1.jpgRELATED: The word Agonistes, found as an epithet following a person’s name, means ‘the struggler’ or ‘the combatant’. It is most often an allusion to John Milton‘s 1671 verse tragedy “Samson Agonistes,” which recounts the end of Samson‘s life, when he is a blind captive of the Philistines (famous line: “Eyeless in Gaza at the mill with slaves”). The struggle that “Samson Agonistes” centers upon is the effort of Samson to renew his faith in God’s support. Probably the most famous post-Miltonic use of Agonistes is by T. S. Eliot, who titled one of his dramas Sweeney Agonistes, where Sweeney, who appeared in several of Eliot’s poems, represents the materialistic and shallow modern man. Another well-known example is Garry Wills’ 1969 political book Nixon Agonistes, discussing embattled president Richard Nixon. Today, the word occasionally appears in headlines in a similar fashion, e.g., Rumsfeld Agonistes, George W. Agonistes. MORE

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