Obituaries

December 12, 2018

The Arts Fuse

Arts Remembrance: Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks — A Matter of the Heart

His elegies for the wilted flowers of romance were shouted over songs that were lovelorn, tuneful, and fierce.
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October 10, 2017

The Arts Fuse

Rock Remembrance: Tom Petty — Everyman’s Songwriter

The world-class songwriter managed to not only survive but thrive within the ever-changing music world.

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November 15, 2016

The Arts Fuse

The Somber Artistry of Leonard Cohen

Cohen wrote with a mature poet’s sense of compression and depth and with the rueful wit of the seeker who has come to the limits of searching.

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August 13, 2014

The Arts Fuse

Farewell Robin Williams — Manic Master of Comedy

The death of Robin Williams has hit hard- his irresistible comic joie de vivre has delightful us for decades.

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February 17, 2014

Love Money Clothes

Philip Seymour Hoffman Was Not Cool

Hoffman brought serious humanity to all his flawed, furious, and often quite fucked-up characters.

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November 4, 2013

The Millions

Lou Reed, Sonic Contrarian

How his fine, fine music changed our lives.

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May 11, 2007

Flak Magazine

Kurt Vonnegut, 1922-2007

Say toodle-oo to one of the last remaining wise men of American letters.

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December 13, 2007

Flak Magazine

Norman Mailer: 1923-2007

“There was that law of life so cruel and so just which demanded that one must grow or else pay more for remaining the same.”

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April 28, 2008

Flak Magazine

Bo Diddley, 1928-2008

He had the rhythm of the universe in his pocket. The sounds! The reverberations!