"It really isn't fair for me to judge just how Wellesian she really is until she completes her life cycle."
You touch, Kevin, what would be my reply to your essay on Mingus. No one should denigrate his accomplishments, but we are looking back at his life and career, as we are those of Welles. Miss McKay has whatever further triumphs and failures in front of her. Possibly, she will just disappear from the scene, like so many others, but I'm pulling for her, both from critical and sentimental standpoints.
I find particularly significant (and germane) your experience with peers in regard to Welles and CITIZEN KANE. The money men would very much like to mold future generations of the World's young into a group that would rather experience life as a video game where they always win (as long as they buy the product) than as a documentary in which all the money, power and gadgets in existence are shown to be superfluous. For people reared to believe "history is bunk," "it's old news," "let's move on," it must stir infantile fears to watch a black and white film that has no happy ending (not even a happy beginning), and that says that history is really all we've got, and which most critics call the finest American Sound Film.
Keep up the good work, Kevin.