Tag: death

Something reminded me of Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology this morning. It was probably my ever-present and rather burdensome obsession with death (which might be funny if it weren’t so true). Anyhow, if you’ve never read the book, it’s a fascinating collection of short poems that narrate the epitaphs of the residents of a fictional small town called Spoon…

On the morning of February 1, 2013, the body of 39-year-old Lamont Sidney, of Erie, was found in room #9 of the East Exit Motel in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. It was reported that Sidney was found naked with his face partially mauled; two Pitbull puppies were in the room when emergency crews arrived.

The loss of a father, husband, and friend.

In Logan, Ohio, on September 12, 2006. Dave Cosper passed away after winning his demolition derby heats at the Hocking County Fair. His son Brandon took his place the following week.

It doesn’t bode well for your town when deaths outpace births; when grade schools are half empty but senior care homes and cemeteries are ready to pop. That’s what’s happening in Weirton, West Virginia. With the town’s funeral-to-baptism ratio currently set at 15 to 1, the future looks bleak. Kenneth Johnson, a senior demographer at the Carsey Institute at the…

Elderly businessman Kiichi Nakajima, played by Toshiro Mifune, obsesses over nuclear annihilation in the film I Live in Fear (1955). “With this mournful film, [Akira Kurosawa] depicts a society emerging from the shadows but still terrorized by memories of the past and anxieties for the future.” (via Criterion Collection)