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On September 18, 2020
Welp, here we go….. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the demure firebrand who in her 80s became a legal, cultural, and feminist icon has died. The Supreme Court announced her death, saying the cause was complications from cancer. Architect of the legal fight for women’s rights in the 1970s, Ginsburg subsequently served 27 years on the […]

150,000

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On July 27, 2020

We have now passed 150,000 official COVID deaths in the U.S. One of the dead was a friend of mine, the New York housing activist and policy expert Tom Waters. You can read about him here. He died earl

Eula Bingham, RIP

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On July 10, 2020

A couple of weeks ago, the great Eula Bingham died. OSHA is a mess today. It gets no respect from employers. It is seen as an agency that messes with small details, misses the big point, and is totall

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Ennio Morricone, RIP

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On July 6, 2020
The greatest film composer in history is no more. It’s hard to overstate the greatness of Morricone. He completely turned the rather stale genre of film scores on its head in the mid-60s through his work with Sergio Leone. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly is probably the most known soundtrack, but I’d speak […]

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 o

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

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Michael Piccoli, RIP

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On May 19, 2020
We shouldn’t let the death of the great French actor Michael Piccoli go unmentioned. I just watched Belle de Jour again a couple of weeks ago and he was great as the sleazy bachelor who encourages Catharine Deneuve to go into prostitution. But there’s so many great performances: Godard’s Le Mépris, a number of Buñuel […]
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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 days; Bergman’s complete lack of irony does not sit well with the modern imagination and his stories of religious doubt […]

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 oddl

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

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