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Andy Gill, RIP

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On February 1, 2020
The leader of the great band Gang of Four is dead, only 64 years old. It’s hard to overstate the importance of this band. Not only were they critical to the punk scene, but their politics and the way they integrated those beliefs into the music were among the best ever seen in rock and […]

Danny Aiello, RIP

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On December 13, 2019

One of the truly great character actors is no more. Do the Right Thing (of course). But also Léon the Professional, Fort Apache the Bronx, Purple Rose of Cairo, and so many others, plus the father in

Volcker

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On December 9, 2019

Paul Volcker is dead. It’s worth remembering briefly just how responsible he is for many of the problems we face today. The first thing I remembered when I heard he died was a conversation I had

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Medium Cool Indeed

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On October 11, 2019
For an actor who was never really successful or a star, Robert Forster sure was in a lot of interesting films. And whatever you make think of Tarantino he’s always had a brilliant eye for great and forgotten actors, as he showed with Forster in Jackie Brown. RIP. Share

Cokie

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On September 17, 2019

Cokie Roberts is dead. I take no particular joy in her passing. But she was terrible, a walking symbol of Beltway journalism with its extremely limited willingness to admit that anything like a left e

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Fonda

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On August 16, 2019
Peter Fonda was more myth than actor, thanks to him living a lifetime of fame based on Easy Rider. That movie doesn’t necessarily age well, especially the acid trip scene in New Orleans, but you can’t really overstate its importance. Fonda also had quality acting chops of his own, possibly equal to his sister if […]

David Berman, RIP

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On August 7, 2019

David Berman has died from suicide. The Silver Jews were perhaps not to everyone’s taste, but I found them one of the best and certainly most unique bands of the last 25 years. I hadn’t ye

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Perot

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On July 9, 2019
I suppose I should have something useful to say about Ross Perot’s death, but I really don’t. I always push back on the myth that Perot cost George Bush his reelection in 1992, when in reality Perot was entering into a very weird time in our politics, where the massive reshuffling of parties led to […]

Tony Horwitz, RIP

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On May 28, 2019

Tony Horwitz has died suddenly, only 60 years old. I can’t say what an important book Confederates in the Attic was when it came out in 1998. It’s really a pioneering book in the popular u

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