>The things you learn on television. For instance, until watching a recent episode of Oprah
, I had no inkling about the kind of near-religious zeal that Martha Stewart, that dewy avatar of home and garden, was inspiring among many women in this country. Oprah
's Chicago studio was full of self-described "Martha wannabes" and wild-eyed acolytes bubbling about "doing things the 'Martha way.' " We were even introduced to "a woman who is obsessed with everything Martha." And Oprah
, who's anything but shy about offering her views, was prefacing comments with such deferential disclaimers as "Well, I'm not Martha but..." Meanwhile Stewart, our modern-day Vesta, sat on the stage, taking in all this adulation. At one point she raised the possibility of opening a string of "Martha camps." (Boy, I bet the bunk-making inspections would be strict. Martha, if nothing else, gives new meaning to the word fastidious.) It may not yet be time for Janet Reno to start monitoring the goings-on at Martha's immaculately appointed Connecticut compound, but I believe that anyone who can render Oprah
awestruck on her own show...well, that's just way too much power for a single human being to have.