"After she passed, the chimps examined the body, inspecting Pansy’s mouth, pulling her arm and leaning their faces close to hers. Blossom sat by Pansy’s body through the night. And when she finally moved away to sleep in a different part of the enclosure, she did so fitfully, waking and repositioning herself dozens more times than was normal. For five days after Pansy’s death, none of the other chimps would sleep on the platform where she died."—
"Want to Understand Mortality? Look to the Chimps
", by Maggie Koerth-Baker
in the NYT [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan
on Jun 25, 2013 -
'Loss is difficult at any time of life. It can be particularly difficult for teenagers, who are still navigating their way, sometimes clumsily, toward adulthood. They know they need help, but are sometimes reluctant to ask for it. And often, because of their youth, their loss may be the first death they have ever known.'
For a year, a reporter from the Cincinnati Enquirer sat in on meetings of a grief group at Archbishop Moeller high school, for boys who had lost a parent... and learned The Rules of Grieving
posted by zarq
on Jun 15, 2013 -
"In the space of My Darkest Year, in no particular order, these things happened. My younger son died. My marriage ended. A rabbi and renowned jazz musician whom I’d only met once performed my son’s funeral. People applauded. I fell in love with a blond poet suffering from PTSD. It didn’t work out. My divorce was granted. The only Jewish funeral director in town admitted to me, unbidden, that her life’s passion is improv comedy. My ex-husband threatened my boyfriend’s balls via Facebook. I fled—and sold—my dream house. My older son lost his first tooth and entered kindergarten. I performed stand-up comedy. People applauded. I fell in love again. I realized I’m not afraid of anything."
Michelle Mirsky's column No Fear of Flying: Kamikaze Missions in Sex, Death, and Comedy
won the 2011 McSweeney's Column Contest. It's funny, aching, gutsy, and heartwrenching.
posted by sixswitch
on May 14, 2012 -
covers things abandoned, displaced, and lost, with many issues covering a particular theme: food
, lost in space
, at sea
. Other issues are collections of journalism, memoir, poetry, photography, and fiction: first-person accounts of lost memories
, diary entries
, crime scenes
and lost species
, among many others. [more inside]
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul
on Feb 14, 2011 -
As George Carlin once said, "it is an infinitely more interesting news story for a team to repeatedly fail at the highest level than it is for them to finally win."
After ten years and over 1,500 episodes, last night's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (the US version) featured its very first Top Prize Loser
. Ken Basin, of Los Angeles, incorrectly guessed that LBJ
prefered Yoo-Hoo over Fresca, and walked away with $25,000 instead of $1,000,000. [more inside]
posted by Damn That Television
on Aug 24, 2009 -
-- such a sweet-looking kid, the smile on the face of a future suicide. Sad
-- "If she only knew then how things would turn out…" Sad
-- "I chose to kill her." Sad
-- "You could see her personality break through the coma." Life is dukkha
, said the Buddha -- a Pali term that means something like "suffering" or "the incapability of satisfaction." (Or as Mick Jagger put it, "I can't get no...") Here's the tangible evidence
posted by digaman
on May 3, 2006 -
Death (?) of a Small-Press Legend
The link points to a page dedicated to Bill-Dale Marcinko, one-time gonzo Rutgers University newspaper editor, small press publisher and a character it seems no one who knew could ever stop thinking about.
Marcinko, who had been supporting himself selling CDs on eBay, apparently died in a house fire when firemen were held back by cardboard boxes full of his collections. Still, he did fake his death several times before. His friends, most of whom haven't spoken to him in years, are hoping this is just a more elaborate prank.
Clifford Meth's tribute page celebrates Bill-Dale and his work, including AFTA
zine, described as perhaps "the first comics 'zine distributed to book and comic shops that combined comedy, politics and reviews on books, films, and comics. It was very much an underground version of Crawdaddy
, though with vastly personal content."
(via Mike Appelstein
, a contributor to the Rutgers Livingston Medium
posted by Scram
on Dec 9, 2005 -
LossofPrivacyFilter: 1) Patriot Act Expansion Bill Approved in Secret
, which now provides a new ‘administrative subpoena’ authority (that) would let the FBI write and approve its own search orders for intelligence investigations, without prior judicial approval. ...Flying in the face of the Fourth Amendment, this power would let agents seize personal records from medical facilities, libraries, hotels, gun dealers, banks and any other businesses without any specific facts connecting those records to any criminal activity or a foreign agent. ...
and from the Justice Department: 2) Most health care employees can't be prosecuted for stealing personal data,
and finally, 3) Citibank admits losing 4 million customer files.
These 3 examples all within the past few days--any others i missed?
posted by amberglow
on Jun 8, 2005 -
Public Lives: Freddie Mercury
, Arthur Ashe
, Rock Hudson
, Brad Davis
, Perry Ellis
, Eazy E
, Michel Foucault
, Amanada 'Miss Kitty' Blake
, Roy Cohn
, Keith Haring
, Robert Mapplethorpe
, Rudolf Nureyev
, Anthony Perkins
, Willi Smith
, Ricky Wilson
Private lives: Gail Farrow
, T Billy
, Bob BJ Johnson
, Nkoosi Johnson
, Terry McCormick
, Catherine Margaret Cory
Public or private, we've all had losses. Is there anyone you are remembering today?
posted by madamjujujive
on Dec 1, 2003 -
There's a guy
with an "immensely detailed, three-dimensional, interactive, constantly updated map of New York City," which "could provide the DNA for a re-created city" if something happened to destroy New York. Besides the nitpicking (do you want to recreate every awning and kiosk?), there's the big question: does it make sense to try to recreate in detail something that's gone? Or as the article puts it, "At what point do we accept the reality of loss?" And if a city were destroyed so utterly it couldn't be recreated, would its surviving inhabitants wander the world endlessly, keeping their lost home alive in their hearts and customs, like R.A. Lafferty's Angelenos
posted by languagehat
on Aug 14, 2002 -