“For the Anniversary of My Death” by W.S. Merwin Every year without knowing it I have passed the day When the last fires will wave to me And the silence will set out Tireless traveler Like the beam of a lightless star Then I will… Read More
RIP Tom Clark, 1941-2018 The American poet Tom Clark died in the first hour of Saturday, August 18th, 2018 in Berkely California. The cause of the death happened a few hours earlier, late Friday night, as a motorist collided his sedan into Tom Clark as… Read More
RIP Anthony Bourdain, 1956-2018 Anthony Bourdain, who died today of an apparent suicide, embodied a visceral curiosity far too absent in much of American culture. Bourdain took his readers and viewers into strange places and showed them that those places weren’t really that strange because,… Read More
RIP Glenn Branca, 1948–2018 I have a very specific memory of shoplifting a Glenn Branca CD from Camelot Music in the mall and then trying to approximate what he was doing with my band with a four track plugged into a second amp. Turn it… Read More
RIP Mark E. Smith, 1957-2018
RIP William H. Gass, 1924-2017 I have now deleted three iterations of this “RIP William H. Gass” blog post. (If this iteration survives I will not edit it (this is the only way it will survive)). Each of these earlier drafts did not start with… Read More
RIP the great Harry Dean Stanton, 1926-2017 …Kelly’s Heroes, Two-Lane Blacktop, Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, Cockfighter, Renaldo and Clara, Alien, Wise Blood, Escape from New York, Christine, Repo Man, Paris, Texas, Red Dawn, Pretty in Pink, The Last Temptation of Christ, Wild at Heart, Fire Walk with Me, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Straight Story, The Green Mile, Big… Read More
RIP Grant Hart, 1961-2017
RIP Holger Czukay, 1938-2017 Yesterday, Rolling Stone and other sources reported the death of musician Holger Czukay. Czukay is probably most famous as the throbbing heart of Can, but he also recorded many solo albums and was a frequent collaborator with other artists across many… Read More
RIP George Romero. 1978’s Martin is one of his finest—and most overlooked—films.
RIP Bernie Wrightson, 1948-2017
RIP Derek Walcott, 1930-2017 Hear him read his poem “For Oliver Jackman” around the 6:00 mark.
RIP Jaki Liebezeit