Magazine July 27, 2020, Issue

The Moodiest Mason

Matthew Rhys stars in HBO’s Perry Mason (Home Box Office/IMDb)

If there were a statue of Perry Mason, would it still be standing?

Possibly. He was a big broad guy, and the soy-suckled types that swarm the nation’s monuments intent on face-planting a statue might struggle to bring him down. They probably wouldn’t know who he was, but if he’s commemorated in stone he must have been bad. If they did try to dethrone America’s favorite defense attorney, I’d like to think someone would stand up and say “Objection!” But that’s asking a lot these days.

Let me back up a bit. I used to have HBO, but Bill Maher said something …

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