The Fame Flame

Fame is potent nectar, and in America particularly, we crave fame more than any other country.

In America, millions believe that celebrity or notoriety can help one overcome a life that feels empty or seems meaningless. There are television shows that celebrate and glorify instant fame. Some social media platforms provide the false promise that all anyone needs to achieve fame is a webcam and an account.

And when attempts to capture fame crumble and the realization that fame by talent or artistry is unreachable, some Americans reach for the gun.

Because in America, a gun is always within reach, and with it, fame and notoriety.