Posts Tagged obituaries
If you’re not familiar with Fred Phelps, all you need to know is he founded Westoboro Baptist “Church,” an organization that pickets strangers’ funerals with signs that say “God Hates Fags” and “Thank God for Dead Soldiers.” Phelps died a few days ago. Rather than say any more about the man, I’ll just quote Notmark Twain: “I’ve never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure.”
David Bowie passes away. I’ve never seen another artist who reinvented himself with every passing decade, and was totally authentic each and every time. I listened to his final album “Blackstar” as I walked around the lake tonight. I couldn’t believe the man was nearly seventy. David Bowie is timeless.
After nearly fifty years of hauntingly brilliant work, his last performances are arguably his greatest. And his final video, his most poignant and powerful. This is what it looks like when a musical genius drops the mic on life:
Justice Antonin Scalia’s legacy: Homophobia, the attack on affirmative action, the evisceration of the Voting Rights Act, the notion that black students would be better off at slower schools, the condoning of torture, the condoning of racial profiling of Latinos in Arizona, Bush v. Gore, the notion of Corporate Personhood, and the shredding of campaign finance reform. Not to mention the drastic limitations on women’s reproductive freedom in several states. Depending on your political persuasion, this is either a job well done, or a tragic legacy.