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My reaction to the Kate Spade news was, “That’s too bad.” It sucks whenever anyone ends their life, especially when they’ve got a thirteen-year-old daughter. But it didn’t ruin my whole day.

Waking up to the Bourdain news has ruined my whole day. As one of the tweets I saw in response to his death pointed out, he was one of the few celebrities that seemed to spend his whole career trying to teach Americans not to be afraid of other people. We needed that more now than ever. I’m unaccountably shaken by this.

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Old 06-08-2018, 07:23 PM
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I'm kinda of two minds, one is that I hope things are better for him, but also that as a public figure part of your duty is to endure the shit hole and give us hope. As someone who has been all not to recently suicidal and has had friends die of suicide, even if I feel I have no friends, family, connections, the pain caused is still too great. Suicide is the best preventer of suicide around. So my thoughts are really that hopefully this impacted someone realizing they impact others.
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as a 50 something woman with a 13 year old kid, I'm impacted by Kate Spade, who was a nice person who designed useful and pretty women's clothing. I can tell you right now, useful women's clothing is as rare as hen's teeth and impacts us in many ways, economically and practically.

as someone who loves food and culture Anthony Bourdain impacted in other ways, celebrity chefs and culinary schools are still rather rare and new. Food is (as a cultural anthropologist) one of the best ways to understand, without appropriating another person's culture.

It's not as bad as the AIDs crisis, but suicide and depressions still rob of us people we should have.
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Old 06-16-2018, 02:00 AM
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RIP Matt "Guitar" Murphy, who for decades was one of the best blues guitarists in the business.


He labored largely in obscurity, but got some popular recognition in the 70s as part of the Dan Aykroyd/John Belushi Blues Brothers band, which was actually loaded with first-rate musicians.

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R.I.P. to Harlan Ellison, prolific, seminal science fiction author. Amongst his work was one of my favourite Star Trek episodes of all time, "The City on the Edge of Forever". He also wrote "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream", one of the most terrifying short stories ever written, which he later adapted into an equally famed game. His bibliography is colossal and I'm sure others here can fill in some of the gaps.

http://www.vulture.com/2018/06/write...ead-at-84.html

ETA: excellent tribute from Cory Doctorow, whom I seem to be linking each time a giant of science fiction dies:

RIP, Harlan Ellison / Boing Boing

Also this is a much more complete summary of his career

Harlan Ellison Dead: Sci-Fi Writer Was 84 – Variety
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Old 06-29-2018, 12:56 AM
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There's an excellent doc "Dreams with Sharp Teeth" made in 2008 about him. It's a bit light on how much of an asshole he was but also painting the picture of an interesting asshole.
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Old 06-29-2018, 03:17 AM
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He seems to have been a textbook example of what TV Tropes would term a "jerk with a heart of gold". He could be an extraordinary asshole at times and on more than a few occasions reduced people to tears (including Connie Willis from what I understand), but on the other hand...

Well, ordinarily I wouldn't make a second post in this thread about the same person, with a Facebook link no less, but just read the fucking thing.

J. Michael Straczynski - Hang with JMS

Goddamn onion ninja all over the place is all I can say.

It's going to take awhile for me to parse out how human beings can be such a mess of contradictions. At his worst, he was much worse than I'd ever contemplate being, but at his best, he was much braver and more generous than I've ever been, and likely ever will be.
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Onion ninja is a brilliant term.
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He seems to have been a textbook example of what TV Tropes would term a "jerk with a heart of gold".
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If you're going to mention TV Tropes, you might as well make it as easy as possible for people to follow the link and waste the rest of the day.
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TV Tropes. Shit. I had stuff I planned to do.
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TV Tropes. Shit. I had stuff I planned to do.
That's why I didn't link to TV Tropes. I have standards.

...well, that, plus I'm on vacation and do you know how much of a pain in the arse it is to copy and paste links on a smartphone?

But as long as I'm in this thread again, a couple more Harlan Ellison links:

https://news.ansible.uk/a77.html

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R.I.P. to comics author/artist Steve Ditko. Dude may have been an Objectivist whackaloon, but he co-created Spider-Man and Doctor Strange (amongst countless others), and that ain’t nothin’.

Steve Ditko Dead: Spider-Man Co-Creator Was 90 | Hollywood Reporter

In case you haven’t seen it, Alan Moore wrote a parody of the Velvet Underground’s “Sister Ray” based on Ditko’s character Mr A:


Moore’s own character Rorschach is largely based on Mr A and The Question, another Ditko character.
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I imagine Spider-Man's origin story would be quite different if it had been written after Ditko entered his Objectivist phase.

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R.I.P. to screenwriter Shinobu Hashimoto, who receives credit, among others, for many of Akira Kurosawa’s greatest pictures (Seven Samurai, Throne of Blood, The Hidden Fortress, Rashōmon, Ikiru, etc.). He was 100. George Lucas says “thank you” for The Hidden Fortress in particular.

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Aretha Franklin.

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A particular favourite of mine:


She managed to improve upon an (already great) Elton John original, which is no mean feat. In fact, I can’t think of anyone else who’s pulled it off.

I knew this was coming, since it was announced a few days ago that she was in hospice. Doesn’t make it suck any less, though. :sadcheer: TBH, this one is hitting me harder than any other celebrity death since Anthony Bourdain.

ETA: a few obituaries, just because I expect others would like them too

Aretha Franklin, music’s “Queen of Soul,” dies at 76 - The Washington Post

A voice that gave America its heart and soul: Aretha Franklin | Music | The Guardian

Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, Dead at 76 – Rolling Stone




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I want to post a lot more but I have to head off for now. Awful, awful news.
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And now Kofi Annan.

Kofi Annan, former UN secretary general, dies | World news | The Guardian

Kofi Annan was a good guy, right?
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