Tag: death

A Tribute to the late Roberta Peters: The 5 best performances of an Opera Legend!

A Tribute to the late Roberta Peters: The 5 best performances of an Opera Legend!
Imagine this: a warm summer’s day in 2003. A young boy, who by all accounts should be biking or pillaging the neighborhood, is strolling down the aisle of a music shop. His eyes meander through the vastly expensive and glamorous opera collection. His eyes rest on a brilliant blue color with the abstract painting of... Read more »

Carrie Fisher is dead and 2016 can officially go f**k itself

Carrie Fisher is dead and 2016 can officially go f**k itself
It’s a very rare occurrence indeed when a celebrity death shakes me to my very core. When the news was broken to me that Carrie Fisher died, it was as if all the happiness was drained from my being, like a Dementor in Harry Potter siphoning off the joy that I began this morning with.... Read more »

"It is you, it is they who desire to live": Finding solace in words after the Dallas tragedy

"It is you, it is they who desire to live": Finding solace in words after the Dallas tragedy
I won’t summarize what happened in Dallas, as I don’t have the words. We’ve been following the story with its images of blood, death, and destruction. The very essence of humanity is challenged in these proceedings. The value of human life is plunging into depths of deepest despair. “Those who most long for peace now... Read more »
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"I write to understand as much as to be understood": Celebrating the life of Elie Wiesel (1928-2016)

"I write to understand as much as to be understood": Celebrating the life of Elie Wiesel (1928-2016)
When I wrote my blog about Elie Wiesel’s memoir Open Heart, I had no idea that in less than half a month he would be dead. Wiesel died today at the age of 87. In our lifetime, we have figures who stand at the finish line of tragedy and teach the world to learn from it.... Read more »

“Here pity only lives when it is dead": a moment in the Chicago neighborhood of John Wayne Gacy

The quote in the title of this article is from Dante Alighieri’s immortal poetic depiction of hell, The Inferno. The Inferno is a perfect moniker for where I wound up yesterday on a beautiful Monday in Chicago. Throughout my childhood I heard the name John Wayne Gacy passed around like a boogeyman, a hush falling... Read more »