"A founding member of rock group Electric Light Orchestra was killed when a giant bale of hay tumbled down a hill and crashed onto his van in the UK." The cellist, Mike Edwards, a two-year veteran of the band, underwent a name change when he came to believe in the teachings of Osho ("There is no God other than life itself," etc.). And now he's dead.
How will you remember Robert Byrd? As the man who was elected to the Senate before Barack Obama was born-back when Hawaii was barely a state that issued fake birth certificates, not long after the time when the KKK was a normal-seeming kind of social organization to which one might belong? As the man who built a thousand bridges, roads and tunnels for the people of West Virginia, a lifetime of steering money home that still didn't do much for the state? As the loudest, most vehement opponent to the invasion of Iraq? As a pioneer of open government? As one of the last politicians we'll ever see to [...]
Here's a question: why does no one want to live any more? The LAPD is going with "apparent overdose" on 38-year-old Corey Haim.
Here's how one should best be remembered, by Awl pal and designer pk: "Brad"-the longtime blogger, theater enthusiast, coiner of the unfortunate phrase "blogosphere," serial raconteur and total hound who died yesterday-"did everything gay men are told we should no longer do in this day and age. He drank far too much, he loved to smoke, and he had a taste for distractingly handsome, alarmingly young men. In fact, Su and I once referred to a boyfriend whose name we had forgotten as 'this many.' The name stuck, and Brad would tell us for months how 'this many' was doing. Brad's last trip to Chicago left us in [...]