ON AMERICAN INSTITUTIONS



is dolly parton beyond reproach?



the question transcends taste in music or threshold for schmaltz. it goes beyond whether you own any of her albums, have seen any of her movies, or would ever dare to dress how she dresses or look how she looks. dolly has trounced most reasonable criticism through a forceful combination of talent, sincerity, and, above all, a good sense of humor in the face of herself. measure "jolene" against the "9 to 5" musical, or dollywood against "straight talk." even the starkest assessments leave dolly in the positive. is this woman unassailable?