the saddest thing i’ve heard in a while

25Oct03

i’ve been catching up on this american life from the past month or so while i’ve been getting my own life in order. episode #247 is called “what is this thing”, it’s all about love stories. the last “act” is sarah vowell describing the courtship and then marriage of johnny cash to june carter cash. impeccably timed to johnny’s sad sad end. though elliot smith died this week, it didn’t make me all that sad. he was always sad, and though he had talent, he lacked fire. the man in black had nothin but fire. sure he had talent, maybe not as much talent as his lovely wife, but it was nothing in comparison to his fire. that man lived enough for 4 or 5 people. a life like that, that manages to go on for so long, and then end is the kind of life that makes me mourn.

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