in memoriam

with its black background and gloomy look, and a tendency to post obituaries and eulogies to this and that dead poet or artist, this blog is… perhaps not a cheerful place to visit anymore.
but who cares?
maybe this calls for some sort of new category: obituaries.

a little over a year ago, i posted the following reaction to watching one of george carlin’s hbo specials:

“…last night I watched George Carlin’s ‘Life is Worth Losing.’ I have never delighted more at hearing about an all out apocalypse of doom and destruction. His rapid-fire and spot-on delivery of ‘Modern Man’ and his whimsical observations about such things as autoerotic asphyxia and posthumous female transplants makes him one of the most endearing foul-mouthed dirty old men ever. I used to stay up late on Sunday nights in college when the two white dudes who followed my radio show aired his comedy on the school radio…” (may 1 2007, hamesha)

that most endearing foul-mouthed dirty old man kicked the bucket recently. he will be missed dearly, as he still had many more years of productivity and hilarity and sheer outright offensiveness in him. you could say that in many ways, after his rollercoaster career with its ups and downs, his offensive and yet thought-provoking style of comedy was beginning to be accepted in the mainstream and with the suit and tie crowds who early on snubbed him. and he was feeling this -which meant he was taking more risks than ever and hence was even funnier and more provocative. he made us laugh at things that many tried to paint as sacrosanct and not ‘laughing matter’. for carlin, there was no such thing as ‘not laughing matter’ – an attitude that we need ever more in this era of unholy holy calfs and fake sanctitities and ‘neon signs’. it’s a bit comically ironic that the last thing i watched of him was on a theme that made fun of mortality: life is worth losing.
george carlin died this month, aged 71.


again, as earlier posts would tell you, the fashion industry fascinates me. there is the industry itself, of course, which i love to follow and laugh about the self-absorbed-ness of its players. and then there is the ever malleable aesthetics of female clothing, which i love, and especially the avant garde stuff -the crazier and edgier, the more delightful. anyways, i’ve been told that some half a century ago, pants on women was avant garde. now that ought to give those of us who like to see women in pants a pause. how pathetic if that victorian frock and girdle and corsette and those rediculous hip-enhancing umbrellas made their way into this century’s clothing? (now i know ysl came much later than the victorian age but im trying to make a point). we all owe the bespectacled old man of fashion, yves saint laurent, part of the gratitude for seeing women in pants, and better dressed in general. and more personally, i owe him thanks for having to do something with giving me my favorite fragrance: m7 fresh.
ysl died this month, aged 71.


i used to listen to nbc meet the press sessions in audio on itunes up until recently. back in the states i watched it regularly -more fervently during the election seasons, but altogether liked it for its substance and seriousness; and for that quality of it which makes any news/talk show program stand out: i.e. other news outlets reported on what went down at the sunday’s meet the press. its was not only the best talk show and news program out there, but in itself a big part of the week’s new. the access, the command, the confidence, and the depth that the show had was in large part due to the anchor. that anchor, who smiled big but always knew when to be serious and confront everyone on their own terms in an industry mired with partiality and allegations of partiality, left the building a bit too early.
tim russert died this month, aged 58.

tim russert

i have to say i never heard of him before (except for songs and soundtracks here and there, including the most famous of his in the movie hollywoodland), but was surprised to find out that he had a big part to play in the unlikely drama that was the rise of the rock and roll. yes, rock and roll. enough said.
bo diddley died this month, aged 79.

bo diddley


~ by safrang on June 25, 2008.

4 Responses to “in memoriam”

  1. “Dying is hard.Comedy is harder”; this is a piece by Jerry Seinfeld about Carlin. here in New York times: :

  2. the link doesn’t look good. you can find the op-ed piece in NYT any way (if you haven’t read it already).

  3. ““I feel safe for a while. There will probably be a break before they come after the next one. I always like to fly on an airline right after they’ve had a crash. It improves your odds.”

  4. dear hatif – yes i did read that piece from seinfeld about carlin. i love both their work and when a comic giant like seinfeld pays tribute in those words to carlin, then it’s quite something. thanks for the link anyhow. ps. i know i am unforgivibly late in reply to that letter of yours. will reply soon. thanks again. hope you’re well.

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