And More on Bernstein

"Please don’t kid yourself that you will be able to escape the sweaty reach of Leonard Bernstein this weekend.

"Had he not smoked like a chimney and drank like a fish, not abused his body with uppers and downers, not been a tortured insomniac or tormented spiritual thinker, not been driven and guilt-ridden to distraction, Bernstein might have lived to celebrate his 100th birthday on Saturday. . . "

Mark Swed, LA Times Music Critic dives deeper into the Leonard Bernstein  persona with an incisive look at the towering genius and  imperfect genius who was Bernstein in the August 24 issue of the LA Times: