Noted science fiction author
, and SFWA Grand Master Frederik Pohl
has died. His granddaughter announced the news via her twitter account
. Pohl was born in 1919 (the same year stainless steel was patented and a year before the first commercially licensed radio station in the US) and after nearly a century of imagining the near and far future, and sharing that with the world, he was still updating his blog [previously]
on a regular basis until his death.
posted by rmd1023
on Sep 2, 2013 -
Cosmo Allegretti, who created and voiced puppet characters like Grandfather Clock and Dancing Bear on the children's television show "Captain Kangaroo," has died
. He was 86. [more inside]
posted by pjern
on Aug 8, 2013 -
Cory Monteith, star of Glee, was found dead yesterday
in a Vancouver hotel room.
Although it will take some time for the autopsy results to become available, the police do not suspect foul play, and most media outlets have been referring to Monteith's history of substance abuse as a likely cause of his unexpected death. Unlike many other young stars, his struggle with addiction began long before fame hit, as he first recounted to Parade Magazine in 2011
. This past March, he voluntarily checked into rehab for a second stint
. After the release of the article, he spoke with George Stroumboupoulos
to discuss his reasons for disclosing his past mistakes in such a public way.
Early during the show's first season, Monteith recorded a video diary of his first trip to New York City
posted by a fiendish thingy
on Jul 15, 2013 -
It's time to say farewell to one of the great and legendary voices of American music. Mr Bobby 'Blue' Bland has died
. With the perfect combination of muscle and tenderness, grit and sweetness, he gave us so many stellar performances over his long career. Here are but a few: Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City
, The Way You Treated Me
, Stormy Monday
, Further Up the Road
, St. James Infirmary
, I'll Take Care of You
, I Stand Accused
, That's the Way Love Is
, Ain't Nothing You Can Do
... and the list goes on. Thanks for the music, Bobby Bland.
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Jun 23, 2013 -
On Wednesday, William Van Poyck was executed
by the state of Florida for murdering a prison guard during a botched 1987 attempt to free an imprisoned friend. Poyck spent 25 years in solitary confinement on death row, during which time he wrote to his sister about his life in prison. Since 2005 she has published those letters to a blog called Death Row Diary
. 'Poyck used to write about everything from the novels and history books he was reading and shows he watched on PBS to the state of the world and his own philosophy of life – punctuated by news of the deaths of those around him, from illness, suicide, and execution.' Excerpts
. His final letter.
posted by zarq
on Jun 13, 2013 -
“While we are alive we should sit among colored lights and taste good wines, and discuss our adventures in far places; when we are dead, the opportunity is past.”
― Jack Vance (1916-2013
) [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit
on May 29, 2013 -
Did you know you can pay to have the obituary for a non-famous loved one put in the New York Times? The family of Antonia W. "Toni" Larroux of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi did.
"Waffle House lost a loyal customer on April 30, 2013. Antonia W. "Toni" Larroux died after a battle with multiple illnesses: lupus, rickets, scurvy, kidney disease and feline leukemia."
The obituary goes on to make fun of four generations of family (from her father to her grandchildren), the Hancock County Library Foundation and the clergyman presiding at her memorial service, closing with the statement that "Anyone wearing black will not be admitted to the memorial."via Miss Cellania of Neatorama
posted by oneswellfoop
on May 5, 2013 -
"Ladies and gentlemen, take my advice — pull down your pants, and slide on the ice." - Dr. Sidney Freedman, M*A*S*H.
Allan Arbus, actor, photographer, and amateur clarinetist, passed away last Friday
. He was 95. [more inside]
posted by heyho
on Apr 25, 2013 -
RT @bijli Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, the German-born screenwriter and novelist who, as the writing member of the Merchant Ivory filmmaking team, won two Academy Awards for adaptations of genteel, class-conscious E. M. Forster novels, died on Wednesday at her home in Manhattan. She was 85. Her 1975 novel, “Heat and Dust,” about an Englishwoman exploring a family scandal in India, received the Man Booker Prize, Britain’s highest literary honor. She wrote the screenplay for the Merchant Ivory version in 1983 as well. New York Times obit
posted by infini
on Apr 3, 2013 -
On Thursday, February 21st, influential British animator Bob Godfrey
passed away at the age of 91. (Guardian
, and yes, even the Daily Mail. [more inside]
posted by louche mustachio
on Feb 23, 2013 -
, American author, journalist, critic and expert on Japan, dies at 88.
Smilingly excluded here in Japan, politely stigmatised, I can from my angle attempt only objectivity, since my subjective self will not fit the space I am allotted . . . how fortunate I am to occupy this niche with its lateral view. In America I would be denied this place. I would live on the flat surface of a plain. In Japan, from where I am sitting, the light falls just right – I can see the peaks and valleys, the crags and crevasses.
-- from The Japan Journals, 1947-2004 [more inside]
posted by Ice Cream Socialist
on Feb 19, 2013 -