Sunday, October 10, 2004

Gene Hackman Wins

Do celebrities really die in clusters?

They did the summer before last, when Johnny Cash and Charles Bronson and Katharine Hepbern and Celia Cruz and John Ritter and Bob Hope and Barry White all died while I was abroad. And now, for this week, Janet Leigh, Rodney Dangerfield and Christopher Reeve all went totally Cici Cooper on us. (And, I'll wager, in doing so they provided the only occasion in which their three names would be mentioned in the same sentence, unless you're maybe the one guy living in Tusla whose three favorite actors were Janet Leigh, Rodney Dangerfield and Christopher Reeve and you used to tell people that but now you're just totally emotionally devastated from this week of agonizing hell.) I shouldn't even be writing about this drivel when so many more people died so much more tragically in the no-go parts of the world, but it still affects me. I feel like I knew these people, even if the times we spent together were mediated by some kind of screen.

Do celebrities really die in clusters? [ yes / no ]

Does bad luck come in threes? [ yes / no ]

Should I be pondering such things at three in the morning? [ yes / no ]

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