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I never thought too much of David Carradine. He was alright in Kill Bill, but Kung Fu bored the shit out of me, and I've never been a huge fan of b-grade films, but after his recent suicide, I have a low grade fascination. I don't know what it is, but the whole idea of someone having found him hanging in a Thai hotel room is just something I can't shake. There's an odd, morbid kind of poetry to it, which I know that a lot of people are not going to see, simply because a lot of people have a thing about suicide. Which is all good and fine, but I'm looking at this from an outsider's perspective, with the gaze of someone who has spent an entire life being trained to watch the way that celebrities conduct themselves, both good and bad.

Recently, C said to me, "You only like famous people when they're dead."

She said it after Ballard had died, and I was reading The Drowned World.

(crossposted)

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ataxi
Jun. 5th, 2009 02:11 am (UTC)
For the rank and file there's a guilty comfort to be had from the suicides of celebrities: the little voice that says "fame and more money don't necessarily lead to happiness".

And yes, a hotel room is the perfect venue for suicide. Where everything is rented, where connections are made insubstantial, where one is distant from home.
benpeek
Jun. 5th, 2009 10:28 am (UTC)
yes, that is quite true about the hotel room.
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ashamel
Jun. 5th, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
Apparently they do have security camera footage of the corridor, showing no-one going in or out. Which may count as evidence against, if you're in a churlish mood.
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ashamel
Jun. 5th, 2009 03:52 am (UTC)
"Can I call you Uma?"
benpeek
Jun. 5th, 2009 10:27 am (UTC)
aw. turns out that;'s what everyone is saying.

not that this doesn't have a certain b-grade sleaze to it, mind you.
darkerblogistan
Jun. 5th, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
I was on a Ballard-reading kick right around the time of his death. I remember looking him up and thinking "Wow, he's old. He's not dead yet?" Then he died.

Good thing I'm not crazy, thinking that the power of my mind can zap people dead or anything.
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