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Li Zhensheng, RIP

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On July 5, 2020
The documentary photographer of the Cultural Revolution, Li Zhenshang, died recently. It’s worth revisiting just how amazing his photographs are. I put one to head this post, but check out the obit for more. Incredible. And very disturbing.

Larry Kramer, RIP

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On May 27, 2020

Larry Kramer has died. It’s worth noting what a righteous movement ACT-UP was. Did it ruffle feathers? You bet. Did it go too far sometimes? Sure. Did it do more than any other single thing to m

Max Von Sydow, RIP

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On March 11, 2020

It took 63 years, but Max von Sydow finally lost that chess match with death. Von Sydow was genuinely one of the greatest actors of cinema history. His work with Bergman isn’t exactly hip these

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McCoy Tyner, RIP

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On March 6, 2020
The great jazz pianist is gone, at the age of 81. Tyner’s famous for his legendary work with John Coltrane at the peak of the saxophone master’s career between 1961 and 1965. Somewhat oddly, Tyner’s career is a bit hit and miss outside of that. He was someone who really did struggle with the rise […]

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 th

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

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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 a couple of years ago with the wife of a college president (not mine). Basically, we started talking and […]

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

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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