From "On the Religious Roots of Celebrity Worship" at Philly.com (Philadephia Inquirer/Daily News):
"There's a kind of cultural fascination with special people who are marked out for greatness but who die young and often in tragic or violent circumstances," says Geary, author of Furta Sacra: Thefts of Relics in the Central Middle Ages (Princeton University Press, 2008). Just...