Just like Marilyn Monroe, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara flutters all around video and print, without being knowable. That's why we remain fixated on him, his righteous pursuit of the bad guys like Raj Rajaratnam, and his next move.
On June 27, 2011 THE NEW YORKER published an in-depth article on Bharara. Then and there I recognized America had another Monroe, an outsized personality that was everywhere and always just beyond reach. Since he seemed to not be a seeming self-destruct like Eliot Spitzer, I knew he would be around a long time, seducing us into getting to know him and leaving us scratching our head. Google the guy and he has been interviewed by every brandname from Jim Cramer to Charlie Rose.
So, like Monroe, forevermore there will be films, books, and columns about him. In "My Week With Marilyn," Michelle Williams does a brilliant job of portraying Monroe as a code which can't be broken. "Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox" by Lois Banner concedes the same thing. And in THE NEW YORK TIMES today Maureen Dowd posits that the persona Monroe supposedly created was so powerful that it keeps on seducing. I argue that Monroe didn't create it or even understand it. Like the Grand Canyon it was just there, much like the superhero entity Bharara represents.
Other lawmen, both in government and in law firms, who want to incorporate this mystique can do it. Likely it won't be as magnificent as Bharara's but it will serve a professional purpose of attracting the right kind of attention. Hint: Hold back, let others project their fantasies of what an iconic lawman is onto you. Don't resist. Pretend you don't notice.